I STOPPED AN EARLIER COUP : GONO


Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono has revealed that hungry soldiers would have revolted if her had not printed money.

“If we had not done what we did printing money and allowing inflation to skyrocket, then the men and women you see in those beautiful uniforms, they were ready to get out of their barracks,” he was quoted by The Standard as saying.

“Operation Restore Legacy would have happened much earlier, but not one that we would have been commanding ourselves. It would have been a ‘restore legacy’ that would have been commanded from elsewhere.

“I had the privilege to come face-to-face with hungry men and women in uniform. I had the privilege to visit each and every barrack in this country to come face-to-face with hunger, hunger that was affecting men and women who have nothing else but their AKs; men and women who, if we did not do what we did, could have been tempted to get out and look for some food by whatever means.”

Gono said he never had the resources to do his job during his tumultuous tenure at the central bank.

“I was given a car, which did not have fuel and expected to get to a certain destination. You drive on empty. ours was not an ordinary situation, ours couldn’t be compared to any other country or any other situation,” he told the Mashonaland West Business Conference in Chinhoyi last week


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