Zimbabwe’s MDC demand resignation of central bank chief

gideon_gono_blocking_moneyGideon Gono

Zimbabwe's MDC party demanded the resignation of the central bank governor and attorney general on Sunday, saying their continued tenure was sowing conflict and division in the new unity government with President Robert Mugabe's Zanu(PF).


The parties are at odds over the fate of Gideon Gono and Johannes Tomana, who are both allies of Mr Mugabe.
The MDC has been highly critical of the two men, blaming Mr Gono for fuelling hyperinflation through printing money to shore up Mr Mugabe’s past governments, while accusing Mr Tomana of presiding over the prosecution of rights and opposition activists.
Mr Mugabe last week said Gono would not go, but the issue has been referred to a regional body for arbitration.
Tendai Biti, the MDC secretary-general and finance minister, told journalists that about 1,000 party delegates attending an annual party conference had passed a resolution that Mr Gono and Mr Tomana resign.
Mr Tsvangirai had earlier told party members that failure to resolve outstanding issues would affect the credibility of the new government as Western countries continue to withhold critical funds, demanding more reforms.
Zimbabwe has suffered a decade of economic collapse and political tensions, but the formation of the new government has raised hopes of recovery.
The party, formed in September 1999, says hundreds of its members have been killed in political violence by ZANU(PF) supporters and on Sunday said it would continue to mobilise for elections, expected once a new constitution has been written.

Daily Telepgraph (UK)

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