Gono appeals to SADC and AU to save his job

HARARE – As the MDC-T resolved to refer all outstanding issues to SADC and the AU, the country’s embattled rogue Central Bank Governor Gideon Gono’s desparation to cling to the post sunk to a new level as he wrote to SADC to save his job.

“Gono feels only SADC can save his job,” a source said over the weekend.

Speaking at the party’s 10th anniversary celebrations before a capacity crowd of about 20 000 supporters at Mucheke stadium on Sunday afternoon, MDC president and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said he was disturbed and angered by Mugabe’s failure to honour the agreement.

“All the outstanding issues in the unity government should forthwith be referred to SADC and the African Union as guarantors to the GPA…,” said Tsvangirai.

At the inauguration of the transitional government on February 16, Mugabe, Tsvangirai and Mutambara agreed to resolve all sticking issues of the GPA that include the allocation of Provincial Governors, Ambassadors, Permanent Secretaries, as well as the replacement of Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono and Attorney General Johannes Tomana.

Gono is also said to have written to SADC requesting the regional body to intervene as he battles to stay in office, reliable sources said.

The source said that Gono wants SADC to intervene and stop Finance Minister Tendai from removing him from office.

The central bank chief stands accused of printing money unchecked causing hyper-inflation when the country was still using the Zimbabwean dollar as the main currency.

The IMF says the central bank books must be audited and have already recommended the removal of Gono for poorly running the central bank causing the hyper-inflation and economic woes the country has been facing in the past six years.

Tsvangirai has however in the past said he and Mugabe had no problems and blamed others in Zanu PF whom he said were bent on destroying the unity government.

He expressed disgruntlement over the continuous incidences of  farm invasions, shifting of ministerial mandates, failure to swear MDC treasurer, Senator  Roy Bennet as well as the selective application of the law in persecuting MDC Members of Parliament and party activists.

“All this nonsense and arrests must be stopped if we are to get funding because without funding this government would not work. The choice for ZANU PF is clear, all issues must be cleared,” Tsvangirai said.

Zimbabwe is seeking US$ 8,3 billion dollars to repair its damaged economy in the past decade.

Tsvangirai also demanded the formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) if the national healing process is to succeed.

“The MDC calls for a TRC so that those who committed crimes must be exposed. There is no justice without truth. For national rehabilitation to take place, the victims and the villains should find common ground,” said the Prime Minister.

On the contentious issue of the constitution making process, the MDC president said no-one-including the Parliament-had the monopoly, except the people.

“It is not a personal thing as it is a constitution of the country. Not even parliament has the monopoly as it is for the people. Therefore, they should make their voices heard,” Tsvangirai said.

The MDC also demanded that a National Security Council be convened in terms of the law, as well as the reform and de-politicisation of state institutions like The Herald and the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Co-operation (ZBC) for them to report equally, fairly and consistently in line with the GPA.