Gono and Kuwaza at loggerheads

gono_gideonHARARE - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor, Gideon Gono (Pictured) and the deputy chairman of the banks board, Charles Kuwaza, who are engaged in a bitter feud for the control of the countrys biggest financial institution, have again differed over remuneration paid to workers.

Gono has already written to the Minister of Finance Tendai Biti appealing for his intervention as the fight is said to be seriously affecting the smooth operation of the bank.

Kuwaza, a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance is reportedly shooting down efforts by Gono to increase workers’ salaries claiming that the central bank has no money to pay the workers. The letter to Biti, in which he is appealing for his intervention in his fight with Kuwaza, reveals that the former permanent secretary wants workers at the RBZ to be paid the same salaries as civil servants.

Documents show that Kuwaza is blocking the proposed RBZ employee salary structures drafted by Gono, which he said are too high compared to those being paid civil servants. However, Gono is arguing that workers at the central bank are not civil servants and therefore should get competent salaries. The latest dispute has escalated the sharp differences which were exposed by local newspapers last week.

The two have also clashed over alleged Kuwazas intrusive behaviour in which he is reported to have occupied an office next to Gono despite the fact that he is a non-executive deputy chairman of the board. I have evidence and witnesses to evidence showing that Mr Kuwaza is failing to draw the line between being a board member and being part of the executive team, complained Gono to Biti.

Kuwaza also wants Gonos special advisor, Munyaradzi Kereke, fired arguing that he is a ghost worker who was illegally employed at the institution in a move seen by RBZ workers as a tactic to weaken the governor. The letter to Biti was also copied to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who is expected to intervene to diffuse the dispute.

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