Robert Mugabe's statement on Gono unacceptable – MDC

“The statement by one of the principals that Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono is not going anywhere confirms that there is a deadlock over the central bank chief and the Attorney-General, Johannes Tomana,“ said the MDC in a statement on Tuesday.

MDC has already appealed to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Africa Union (AU) to intervene on the deadlock. Zanu PF said the appeal was immature.

Speaking at a funeral of Gono’s brother on Monday President Mugabe said the embattled RBZ governor is not going anywhere. "Today those in Britain are not happy with him, even some in the inclusive Government. They want him to go and I said he will not go, but they will not listen," said President Mugabe.

The MDC says the appointment of Gono and Tomana were in violation of the Global  Politica Agreement  (GPA).

But the MDC accuses the RBZ chief of presiding over the collapse of the country‘s economy through the excessive printing of money and the numerous quasi fiscal policies that he undertook.

“The RBZ governor, as confirmed by Mugabe himself, was at the epicenter of the erosion and corrosion of the integrity of the central bank. Senior appointments are embodiments of confidence or lack of it,“ said the MDC.

Under the SADC mediated talks the parties agreed to look into the appoitment of the RBZ governor and Attorney General once the coalition was formed.

“The issue is not about personalities but about principles and values; it is about creating strong national institutions that are transparent and accountable. The central bank and the Attorney-General’s office are standing between Zimbabwe and progress,“ the MDC said.

“It is the MDC’s conviction that this deadlock over the AG and Central Bank governor is ripe and ready a matter for SADC and the AU to play the role of the umpire. We call upon SADC and the AU, 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.“

Zimbabwe is seeking USD 8,5 billion to revive the economy after a decade of damage but most Western nations have maintained they will give aid only if they are satisfied that there is rule of law in the country and a stop of human rights abuses.

The Norwegian government, one of the first to renew badly needed aid, said it would give 58 million crowns via non-governmental organisations, the World Bank and United Nations, avoiding the government financial system.