New jobs for Gono, Tomana

gono_tomana2Zuma in effort to break GPA deadlock
HARARE The illegal appointments of Attorney General Johannes Tomana and Reserve Bank Governor, Gideon Gono, were targeted by South African President, Jacob Zuma, during his visit to Harare last week. (Pictured: Gideon Gono and Johannes Tomana)

Zuma suggested that both men be offered other jobs in order to break the political logjam which has been threatening to scupper the Global Political Agreement. Both men were illegally appointed to their key posts by President Robert Mugabe in direct contravention of the direct contravention of the agreement signed by Mugabe, Morgan Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara in February last year.

Tomana has been offered a new job as a High Court judge in return for giving up his post as Attorney General, while Gono has been offered the position of Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to South Africa to replace Simon Khaya Moyo, who was last year appointed Zanu (PF)’s National Chairman. On his visit last week to facilitate talks aimed at resolving outstanding issues between Zanu (PF) and the MDC, Zuma held private discussions with both men. Sources close to his delegation said he told Gono that he was a stumbling block to the economic revival of the country urged him to relinquish his post.

“Zuma told Tomana that he should give up the AG’s post in order to save the country from further political and economic decline,” said the source. Tomana has been responsible for selective prosecution of several MDC Members of Parliament and officials on trumped up charges, in an effort to reduce the MDC’s dominance in parliament. In addition, many human rights defenders, among them award-winning Jestina Mukoko, have been abducted by the Central Intelligence Organization and prosecuted by Tomana on frivolous allegations. The courts have dismissed virtually all the cases brought by Tomana and his overzealous lieutenants.

Zuma also held a private meeting with Roy Bennett, the treasurer and deputy minister of agriculture-designate, and reportedly asked him to consider another ministerial Portfolio, as Zanu (PF) was unwilling to have a former white farmer occupying the agricultural portfolio. “Zanu (PR)feel intimidated by Bennett and want him to occupy a less influential ministerial post,” said the source.

The negotiating teams have been given until the end of this month to resolve the outstanding issues and make progress towards the full implementation of the GPA.

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