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Gono Dismisses Graft Charges as Baseless Political Game

  • VOA Staff

Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono. (File Photo)

Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono. (File Photo)

Former governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Gideon Gono, has dismissed as unfounded claims that he converted to his own use millions of dollars in state funds, saying Munyaradzi Kereke who has dragged him to court to answer charges of graft needs psychological evaluation.

According to the Herald newspaper, in his response to Kereke’s court application, Gono said the independent lawmaker’s claims were malicious, vindictive and calculated at frustrating his nomination as Zanu-PF senator for Buhera.

The Zanu-PF politiburo has endorsed Gono’s nomination for the seat left vacant after the death of Kumbirai Kangai.

Gono claims that Kereke’s behaviour is suspicious and therefore he needs to psychological evaluation.

Kereke claims that the former RBZ governor bribed members of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, misappropriated $38 million, R1.4 million and 22,000 British pounds while he was still governor of the central bank.

Kereke’s lawyer was not available for comment. Gono is represented by former Finance Minister Tendai Biti, who is also the MDC-T secretary general.