The main Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, has dismissed President Robert Mugabe sentiments that Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor, Gideon Gono, has done nothing wrong, adding that he was not going anywhere.
Addressing mourners in Harare at the funeral of Gono’s brother Peter on Monday, President Mugabe said the RBZ governor had committed no crime and that he was not going to step down, although the MDC wants him to go.
However, in a statement released on Tuesday by the MDC’s Information and Publicity Department, the party said that, according to the Southern Africa Department Community (SADC), the appointments of Gono and Attorney General Johannes Tomana were to be handled by all the three parties in the inclusive government, namely ZANU-PF and the two formations of the MDC but not by Mugabe only.
This shows that there is another deadlock.
“The MDC believes that the issue of Gono and Tomana is a political hygiene issue which stems from their unprocedural and unilateral appointments which were in violation of the letter and spirit of both the Global Political Agreement of 15 September 2008 and the Memorandum of Understanding of 21 July 2008.”
“It is our understanding of the SADC communiqu├® that the issue of Gono and Tomana was supposed to be handled by the inclusive government. The position of one principal on the issue of Gono or Tomana cannot constitute the position of the inclusive government. There are three political parties in the inclusive government and any decisions and pronouncements must reflect this new arrangement,” said the MDC.
In April, RBZ Workers’ Committee, led by committee chairman, Wilton Mugabe, with the help of the labour union body, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), dragged Gono to the Labour Court for his failure to pay them for past three months.
Gono is a close ally and personal banker of President Mugabe. Economic analysts believes Gono, played a central role in the collapse of Zimbabwe’s economy by continuously printing cash to finance President Mugabe’s violent presidential election campaign in June last year, while the majority of the Zimbabweans were wallowing in poverty, sleeping outside banks as they were failing to access their hard earned money from the bank.
The MDC also said, “In the same vein, in the absence of a forensic audit of the RBZ, Mugabe cannot be allowed to say that the RBZ governor never misappropriated a single dime as he told mourners at the weekend.
“The governor has created skepticism among Zimbabweans and international partners as to whether Zimbabwe can mount a successful reconstruction programme.”
Tsvangirai’s party went on to call upon SADC and the Africa Union, as the guarantors of the GPA, to adjudicate over this issue as a matter of urgency because it shakes the foundation and threatens the health, stability and life of the inclusive government.