Moyo hits back at ‘ignorant’ Gono

via Moyo hits back at ‘ignorant’ Gono 25/09/2014

Below is the full statement by Information Minister Jonathan Moyo responding to comments made by former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono on his collapsed bid to join the Senate …  


The Ministry wishes to correct three gross misrepresentations in a statement attributed to Dr Gideon Gono and widely reported today by the mainstream media.

Firstly, Dr Gono is reported to have, in a manner of speaking, claimed that alleged factional detractors are behind the disqualification of his nomination by ZANU PF as a Senatorial candidate in Manicaland province to fill the seat left vacant by Cde Kumbirai Kangai who passed on in August last year.

Dr Gono reportedly told the media that he “duly transferred as a voter from Harare to Buhera West on 5 December, 2013”, adding that “The Registrar General’s Office gave me confirmation of transfer which ZEC has got. Why the two organisations cannot manage transitions and authenticate transfers between themselves boggles the mind. It is clear that someone from outside the province is playing games … like ZEC says, there is a vacuum in the law so that vacuum needs filling regardless of whether it is Gono or not”.

It is abundantly self-evident that, by any means available or not, Dr Gono is desperate to be a Senator for Manicaland province, a provincial parliamentary seat he apparently mistakes for Buhera district. This explains why he has become so emotional and reckless about his comments to the point of displaying his ignorance of the law in public.

The fact of the matter is that when Dr Gono sought and was given by the Registrar General a confirmation of transfer of his voter registration from a constituency in Harare to Buhera West on 5 December, 2013, that confirmation on that date was a legal nullity as the Registrar General ceased to have the legal authority to effect such transfers on July 10, 2013.

The fact that Dr Gono was, as he still maybe, ignorant of this legal position is not a defence. Furthermore it is neither fair nor responsible for Dr Gono to blame anyone else for his ignorance of the law.

Meanwhile, it is common cause that the transfer from the Registrar General to ZEC of the authority and power to register voters was created not by Dr Gono’s alleged detractors but by the new Constitution and is therefore a very public constitutional matter which has nothing whatsoever to do with real or imagined factionalism in ZANU PF.

Furthermore, it is common cause that the Government is seized with the mammoth task of aligning existing laws with the new Constitution and that this task is being undertaken in a comprehensive way through a General Laws Amendment Bill, with respect to consequential or technical amendments. The transfer from the Registrar General to ZEC of the responsibility to register voters is but one example of the pending alignment of laws with the new Constitution to be included in a General Laws Amendment Bill that Government is drafting.

Rather than personalising this process, distorting facts and casting aspersions while publicly displaying his ignorance of the law, Dr Gono should tell voters in Buhera in particular and Manicaland in general why he did not register as a voter there by 10 July, 2013, ahead of elections last year, as provided in the law, because doing so would have enabled him to cast his vote in a province he so desperately now wants to represent by hook or crook.

Zimbabwe is not a Banana Republic. It is repugnant and therefore unacceptable that the enactment of any law should be hurried or done to suit the political interests of an individual or to mitigate the consequences of anybody’s ignorance of the law.

Secondly, there is another gross misrepresentation arising from Dr Gono’s unfortunate statement. Some media sources quote Dr Gono as having said that, “no amount of blackmail though can change my stance of remaining out of all factions except that of and led by the President and First Secretary of our Party, Cde R G Mugabe and all that he stands for”.

It is preposterous and objectionable in the extreme for Dr Gono to claim that he is “remaining out of all factions except that of and led by the President. President Mugabe does not have and does not lead a faction. The President leads ZANU PF, the Government and the nation of Zimbabwe. In other words President Mugabe leads not some but all of us Zimbabweans. An aspiring Senator is ordinarily expected to understand this basic fact.

The third gross misrepresentation in Dr Gono’s media statement is particularly concerning in terms of the potential damage of its untruth to the economy and national interest. According to Dr Gono, “History will condemn us badly if the current situation is allowed to persist where the private and public sectors of our economy, civil service, the media and other statutory and security bodies are now being perceived by ordinary persons as appearing to be discharging their duties along factional or ethnic lines”.

This is an outlandishly exaggerated and inflammatory statement whose inciting intent borders on subversion. It is scandalous for Dr Gono to emotively claim that all institutions and agencies of the State as well as the private sector in Zimbabwe today are discharging their duties along factional or ethnic lines. What is particularly scandalous about this statement is that it is not a product of research or any objective reflection but is Dr Gono’s personal opinion in pursuit of his personal interest to become a Senator for Manicaland, even if there is no enabling legal basis for that.

There’s no doubt that, like any other Zimbabwean, Dr Gono is entitled to seek public office. However, and again like any other Zimbabwean, Dr Gono must not expect to get away by seeking such office while operating outside the box and pretending that seeking a Senatorial seat in Manicaland is an extraordinary circumstance requiring extraordinary measures, including gross misrepresentations, outlandish and inflammatory exaggerations that are harmful to the country’s national and economic interests.

Hon. Professor Jonathan N Moyo
25 September, 2014


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    tapiwa 8 years ago

    Here you have the Professor once again mixing the truth and lies just like Gono has also been doing. Both of them think we are naive.

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    choo-o 8 years ago

    Jonso, what does this press statement aim to achieve? Why churning out venom, disecting Gono’s ignorance using sharp vocabulary.I thought it would be more responsible of you to give him “gentlemen’s” advice

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    Baba Jukwa's Tokoloshe 8 years ago

    What a great Baba Jukwa Tokoloshe we have running around in the Zanu inner circles now!

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    JRR56 8 years ago

    Elections happened, good, fair, efficient or what ever. The End result we know. What goes after is important.

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    pipaldo 8 years ago

    Jonho once more. A very glaring factional response from who else than than the loose canoon. Now we know yu are the brains behind this whole techanility. Chete ndezve Zanu bayanai. Has the party President really failed to shut up this hondo yeminda pa broadcast lunatic. Muchechetere vakumutadza. Tsholotsholo denied yu u lost all the court appeals to have a re-run u a are always ruffling futrthers this tym its Gideon last tym it wad Didymus. Dzosera mari yeFord Foundation

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    chiremba wemberengwa 8 years ago

    What jonso proves is the following;
    That indeed the factions are there and alive – otherwise he would have simply advised Gono quietly
    That Jonso and Gono are in opposing factions
    That Jonso hates Gono and vice versa – what after Gono alluded to Jonso’s troubled past
    That their disagreements about indigenisation are alive and well
    That the ZPF factions are about prepared to spill blood as soon as Mugabe leaves the scene, maybe sooner?

    Watch this space for updates

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      WeMatongo 8 years ago

      Sorry they are not opposing sides, they are grandstanding so that we feel they are fighting. No I see it differently, they are stage managing act.. so that we believe so. Gono, Jonso, Biti, Welshman Ncube, mai DisGrace are one project. Kutivhara. rega hako uone

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    revenger avenger 8 years ago

    Sorry scumrade. Mugabeland IS a banana monarchy scamrade !!!!!! Delighted that doggie eats dog. Pamberi ” the night of a thousand knives ” and mob justice. Yes. ‘ spill blood ‘ zanoids

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    Tafadzwa 8 years ago

    Although what Jonathan Moyo is true, the question is why does he go overboard in attacking a fellow ZANU(PF) member ? Mabe Moyo is alluding to factionalism. Having survived Mugabe’s wrath a few months ago, clearly, Moyo is powerful and untouchable. Moyo now knows Mugabe is all sound and fury. having failed to take action against Mutsvangwa, Mugabe cannot act against Jonathan Moyo

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    JRR56 8 years ago

    “Zimbabwe is not a Banana Republic”

    Well thats not true Johnno

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    Jogo Bonita 8 years ago

    Why not pull the trigger on each other and settle it.

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    Jogo Bonita 8 years ago

    This reminds me of the “beef” between 2pac and BIG and the resultant outcome.hope it heads that way.

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    Kutyiwa kutyiwa 8 years ago

    Nice article………he had much room and power to change RBZ regulations and Acts, now the powers are Gone from Gono, he created vast enemies including Johnno.

    Yave nyama yekugocha!

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    Doris 8 years ago

    HeeeHaaa! I reckon one should be a tad circumspect when slagging off Gideon!! Reckon he is a mine of information relating to who put their fingers in the till! Go for it Gono……..tell all but make sure a copy of your speech is with a reputable lawyer!

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    Kevin Watson 8 years ago

    Jonathan Moyo is a useless fraudster wanted in South Africa and Kenya for grant fraud. He also poses as a professor and has never been such at a reputable university and doesn’t have a PHD from a reputable university. Gideon Gono on the other hand is a useless thief, he stole money from the foreign currency accounts of honest hard working Zimbabweans to fund the profligacy of a corrupt bankrupt regime. They should both be in prison for long terms. Instead in Zimbabwe they are rewarded for their corruption and thieving by Mugabe the corrupt thieving genocidal geriatric Commander in Thief.

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    mukorombindo 8 years ago

    They say there are no permanent friends in politics. To think that these two used to spend hours together during Jonso’s days in the wilderness! For Gono its just deserts for a man who loaded it on us during those painful years. Let the fights continue! We may soon be relieved of the lot!

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    Give it to him Jono. More. More.

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    farai 8 years ago

    Not very smart Jono. You.have drawn your weapon to early and exposed your arsenal. That Gono is being angled for finance ministry is obvious but why are you getting yourself involved in this issue. Let Rita deal with the issue legally. She has not been challenged on her pronouncements yet!

    You have managed to appear petty by jumping into the fray. As you say, its not wise to change ” a winning team or winning policies!” Hold fire congress needs you.