I am ready to lead, says Gideon Gono

via I am ready to lead, says Gideon Gono – The Sunday Mail August 31, 2014 by Langton Nyakwenda

Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr Gideon Gono says he is ready for political office and is prepared to lead the people of Buhera if all relevant procedures to facilitate his entry into the Senate are completed.
Speaking at the memorial service of national hero Cde Kumbirai Kangai in Glen Forest, Harare, yesterday, Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration Cde Didymus Mutasa backed Dr Gono for Senate, while party spokesperson Cde Rugare Gumbo bemoaned a cropping “lack of respect” in the ruling party.

Dr Gono opened up for the first time on his possible entry into the legislature to replace Cde Kangai as Buhera Senator and called for unity in Zanu-PF.

“I did not come here as a member of a certain faction. Hapana mafactions pano. VaGono havasi vefaction. (There are no factions here. Gono is not about factionalism.) I have been longing to speak publicly; the last time I spoke publicly was when I was still the RBZ Governor and I want to emphasise that I belong only to President Mugabe’s faction and Zanu-PF political party in its totality.

“Hatina kuuya pano tichiti uyu ndeuyu achazorwisa uyu; ngatiite zvinhu zvinovaka (we have not gathered to prepare for fights, let us focus on development),” said Dr Gono, whose second term at the central bank expired last November.

Dr Gono openly expressed his desire to be Buhera Senator, but said he would respect  party procedure on the matter.

“It is not yet ripe for me to become your leader, let us wait for all the necessary procedures to be completed. We need to follow the party protocol until such a time the party leadership confirms me.”

Cde Mutasa voiced his support for Dr Gono and declared he would not rest until he was confirmed a Senator.
“We are fully behind you VaGono; the people of Buhera need you. Pane makwikwi ari mumusangano mazuva ano (there is contestation in the party today), with some throwing spanners along the way but we will not rest until you
assume the post,” said Cde Mutasa; who also went down memory lane, narrating the late Cde Kangai’s liberation war credentials.

“He was a straight-forward man, a man who fought diligently for the liberation of this country. He was the secretary for transport and logistics in the Dare reChimurenga and made sure everything went smoothly.”

Cde Gumbo weighed in: “Cde Kangai knew the party protocol. Chaakutinetsa ikozvino ndaana mafikizolo vasingazive gwara remusangano; munhu anongobuda achingoropota asingazive kuti vakuru vemusangano ndaanani, uye vanobatwa sei. (The problem we have is that of newcomers who do not know how the party works; people who just emerge and talk a lot without knowing who are the leaders of the party and how they should be treated).

“During the struggle we learnt that as leaders we should not put personal interests in front. Instead, we should extend the interests of the masses.”

Among dignitaries present at the gathering were Zanu-PF Central Committee member Cde Idah Mashonganyika, Mudzi South legislator Mr Jonathan Samkange and Major-General Douglas Nyikayaramba.

Cde Kangai died on August 24, 2013 aged 75 at his Glen Forest home. He was Zimbabwe’s first Labour Minister and was Buhera South legislator from 1980 to 2008.

He left behind his wife Miriam and eight children.


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    avenger/revenger 8 years ago

    As long as he ” leads the blind ” I don’t even care. By the way ‘”heroes ” acre will be allowed to rot overgrown and neglected. Its gonna be replaced by the ” martyrs wall ” on the lines of the veterans’ THE WALL in Washington d.c. to honor true heroes

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    Rwendo 8 years ago

    Well spoken Senator-to-be, Sir. If you had said “I am ready to serve” you would have had us worried. But this sounds true to character. All remains well in the Universe.

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    ntaba 8 years ago

    Let us not forget how much Gono stole by printing all that money for his mates in Zanu – I wonder if he will be given an honorary printing press when he is appointed Senator by Mugabe? A printing press is a handy tool for white collar state sponsored theft of the pension funds.

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    Tsuro 8 years ago

    All along this guy was telling us he was not a politician but a professional doing his job to save the nation…stealing our hard earned savings and pensions by printing money and dishing it to Zanu.

    Biti please advise your client properly.

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    Maybe the money he stole is finished. He wants more. He has done it before, dipped his grabby hands in the till.

    Is it a coincidence Grace-less comes into politics and Gono decides its time??

    If the people of Buhera let him in they will be digging their own dams and building own roads like the Chivi villagers. Gono isn’t going to improve their lives by one iota.

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    Oh by the way this was a memorial service was it not?

    And he hijacked it to launch his own agenda?? How disrespectful and opportunistic can you get? (not that I care much for the dead man)

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    The leadership of Gono if the performance of the monetary issues in the economy is anything to reflect his abilities we will have Buhera constituency for the last time. What Gono touches vanish. No currency and no sound monetary policies since Gono took over. Gononomics fail Zimbabwe totally its a pity that Buhera people have no say.

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    Mandevu 8 years ago

    Good for you Gideon. But I am afraid we are not ready to follow you

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    After Gono led us to 89.7 sextillion per cent inflation and the demise of the Zimbabwe dollar and the impoverishment of 99 per cent of the population – where can he possibly lead us now ?

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    Tutu had it spot on. These guys are caricatures

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    Justice 8 years ago

    Disgrace and Dr inflation, quite a team!

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    Mukanya 8 years ago

    “During the struggle we learnt that as leaders we should not put personal interests in front. Instead, we should extend the interests of the masses.”
    After attaining independence push those personal interests upfront thus, disregarding the POVO. Ko Inozinoziveyi

    Anyway was this a memorial or a GONO launching pad?

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    nyoni 8 years ago

    Go and multiply
    On the peoples back
    Never to explain
    Only to rip us off.

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    Mena Bona 8 years ago

    Perhaps he can get the chickens on his stolen farms to vote for him? But then again, if he takes some of his stolen loot to buy free T shirts for the povo, some may actually vote for him. Over and above the chickens that is!

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    Johno 8 years ago

    Get away man, Gono. After what you did to us with your printing machines we’d rather you stayed with your chickens!

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    Petal 8 years ago

    oooh Congratulations Mr. Fixit – he is ready to go fixing things his way!!

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    Tongoona 8 years ago

    Tested tried and dismally failed. Mutasa you are nothing but a comic supporting political invalids.

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    Planter 8 years ago

    I saw that too Mukanya its all a farce you can tell they lie because they open their mouths…. So many disgruntled people when will we finally get together and DO SOMETHING about it?? God knows we need too before it really is too late!!