Wikileaks: DRC envoy slams Gono, Mugabe

The Democratic Republic of Congo’s ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mawapanga Mwana Nanga, believes central bank governor Gideon Gono profiteered from his actions at the height of the country’s economic crisis because the things he was doing did not make sense.


The latest revelations, intercepted and leaked by Wikileaks, pile pressure on the embattled governor who has been accused by his former advisor, Munyaradzi Kereke, of cheating in an exam and looting Reserve Bank coffers.

Documents on the Wikileaks website reveal that the DRC envoy told US ambassador Charles Raythat the same could be said for many Zanu (PF) ministers, who did not seem to have the country’s best interests at heart.

Nanga said Gono had single-handedly destroyed the value of the national currency.

He also said although the MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai had its own problems, most significantly lack of experience and no apparent plan to govern, it was the best thing to happen to the country.

He said President Robert Mugabe’s physical frailty and advanced age could make it impossible for him to identify a successor.

“In such a case (either through his death or inability to physically function) the Zanu (PF) factions would go at each other,” said Nanga.

He also criticized the land invasions. “Land reform was inevitable, but Zanu (PF) handled it poorly, distributing land to cronies rather than to the small farmers who, with help, could revive agricultural production,” he said.

Ray described the meeting with the DRC ambassador as “an uncharacteristic session of candour” saying the envoy was critical of Zanu (PF) and indirectly of Mugabe.

“As an example, he said he finds it strange that Zanu (PF) will complain of the crippling effect of sanctions on the one hand, then spend millions on a large delegation going on a trip, or claim to have $10 million for agricultural inputs,” Ray said. “Furthermore, he said, they will distribute this largesse to cronies rather than the small-holder farmers who could really revitalise the country’s agricultural production.”

The Anti-corruption Commission announced on Sunday that it was investigating Gono, Local Government Minister Ignatious Chombo and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

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