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Eccentric Gono claims agenda to soil his good reputation

FORMER RESERVE Bank governor, Gideon Gono claims his political enemies have capitalised on reports that he owned vast tracts of land in Bulawayo and have dispatched people to his rural Buhera village to investigate him.


Gono in a statement, said a section of society outside Bulawayo became excited at what they thought was a disclosure of his corrupt activities.

“A certain section of society outside Bulawayo was already excited about this Gono corruption . . . of owning vast tracts of land, when others do not have half an acre to build their houses . . . and dispatching people to my home area (Buhera) with the report and to spread news of Gono’s corruption, kikikikikik (meaning laughter),” he wrote.

On Monday, the Southern Eye wrote that council was probing a number of people including Gono, Transport minister, Obert Mpofu and MDC leader, Welshman Ncube for buying, but failing to develop land in the city.

The former RBZ governor was tipped to replace the late Kumbirai Kangai, but this faced stiff resistance from some within Zanu PF and his chances were finally torpedoed by revelations that he was not registered as a voter in Buhera.

According to council regulations, if an owner fails to develop a stand for two years, the local authority can repossess it without paying any compensation.

The city’s housing waiting list presently stands at more than
100 000, as both the council and private land developers are failing to cope with the high demand in the face of economic challenges in the country.


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