Gono: I Defended Zim Interests

via RBZ Governor Gono: I Defended Zim Interests 29.11.2013 by Gibbs Dube VOA Zimbabwe

Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono on Friday bid farewell to central bank directors, management and staff saying he managed to execute his duties as directed by President Robert Mugabe in the past 10 years.

In a statement, Gono said like any mortal being, he was not perfect but is leaving the bank as a happy person because he managed to defend the country’s sovereignty and economic interests when Zimbabwe needed him most.

He said his work at the central bank came at a time when “economic attacks against the country were at their gravest”.

Gono was perhaps referring to the period when Zimbabwe recorded historic inflationary figures of up to 231 million percent and more between 2000 and 2009 before the formation of a unity government.

The RBZ governor said some countries that have faced a quarter of challenges and dangers that Zimbabwe faced are on their knees as they are experiencing “riots galore and unending changes in their government administrations.”

He said these nations are facing untold suffering worse than Zimbabwe experienced in those turbulent economic times.

“No doubt, we succeeded in some areas of our assignments more than we did in others but that is not for me to say,” said Gono.

In a statement full of Biblical quotations and jokes, Gono noted that children who were born at the time he joined the central bank are now at mid-primary school level. He said this is the period in which he was allowed to serve as per the country’s banking laws. His contract expires within the next few days.

“It is also fortuitous that I am ending my ten year tour of duty on my 54th birthday and just as I was taken home immediately after birth, I am going home to my family and friends today after completing a successful tour of duty or could it be that I am joining the jobless market. Only time will tell,” he said.

Gono noted that deputy governor Charity Dhliwayo will serve as acting governor from December 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014, and the other deputy governor K. Mlambo will take over from March 2014 to May 31, 2014. President Mugabe is expected to appoint a substantive governor at that time.

He compared the appointment of a new governor to the selection of a pope in Rome which is symbolized by dark and white smoke.

“In Catholic terms, my going represents black smoke coming out of 22nd and 23rd floors of the RBZ as when a Pope passes or retires. When a new substantive one is elected or appointed the same chimneys emit white smoke in celebration. Unfortunately, no white smoke yet. That is for his excellency the president, on the advice of the minister, to ignite.”


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    easily fooled 8 years ago

    Inflation was spiraled by Gono when he printed more and more more without the backing of national assets

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    Richard Kuzviwanza 8 years ago

    Appoint a woman as Governor.Zimbabwe has never had a gender problem.Zimbabwe is an Educated Country!

    “international Observor”

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    Doris 8 years ago

    Joining a jobless market? What a load of ……. Go back to your farm and keep your head down.

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    ROCKSTONE 8 years ago

    Which interest of the country did he deffent ,Gono u has a big case to answer on dolarisation &he must stop dreaming

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    chilimanzi 8 years ago


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    Makanyara 8 years ago

    at what cost? i lost my savings, basically lost 20years of my life through stupid policies.. you happy am miserable. God forbid you cruel.

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    meg bubu 8 years ago

    yes you defended the nation’s sovereignity but at what a cost. this nation is doomed by your actions

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    taona 8 years ago

    Gono destroyed the Zim economy, no matter how one might want to whitewash his performance.!! Inflation in the billions%, Zim$ in trillions. Result, pensions wiped out, savings wiped out, unemployment 90%, etc. He personally destroyed peoples’ lives where they had worked for 40 or 50 years and overnight, all brought down to nothing. What soveregnity was he serving?

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    Mr Mixed Race 8 years ago

    Did you defend the weak in your process or not?You talk of the country’s defence but you forget that the country is made up of innocent people, you made us poor over night.You created Mapositolis who cheated our innocent people with their hard earned foreign currencies and you promoted these so-called Burning Schemes.In a civilised world the RESERVE BANK boss is supposed to protect the most vulnerable citizens of the country not to rob them of their meagre savings.

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    To say the least, Gono uri mhata. Waneta nekuba mari yevanhu and still want to convince us that you are right. Go and die and don’t talk to us again.