ON December 3, we were treated to another of those attention-seeking antics by Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor, Gideon Gono, in the Sunday Mail and Sunday Mirror (“mirror” to the Sunday Mail and the Herald).
P align=justify>Just imagine a national newspaper like the Sunday Mail carrying an ordinary announcement as its lead story on the front page — that another monetary statement will be in January 2007!
Is it not obvious that it should come at the end of each quarter?
Has the editor gone bananas to stroke Gono’s ego by allowing him to waffle on two pages?
Have you also discovered that the stories on and about the governor, whenever covered by the Sunday Mail, are always by the political desk headed by Munyaradzi Huni instead of the business desk?
Related, in October he took up two pages of the Herald to talk to himself about everything and everyone.
Following his closure of money transfer agencies (MTAs), some of which he is relicensing now without reasonable cause, the governor once more flip-flopped.
It is now apparent that he was either seeking attention or out to fix some people whom he would not re-license.
Ordinarily, if he has good reasons, he would have closed those MTAs which he is now not re-licensing without behaving like a bull in a China shop.
But no, he acts like a heavily armed child-soldier. Is it not amazing that those closed MTAs did not approach the Administrative Court for redress?
Gono has too much unbridled and unconstrained powers beyond his monetary role! Where did he get them and where is our parliament when we need it most?