EX-RESERVE bank governor Gideon Gono has hit back at erstwhile top aide Munyaradzi Kereke saying he fears the Bikita West legislator has “legitimate psychological and psychotic issues” that require expert medical assistance.
Kereke has filed an application at the Constitutional Court seeking to compel the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to investigate spicy allegations that Gono looted about US$40 million in public funds from the central bank.
The Harare businessman claims Gono blocked a graft probe against him by bribing ZACC bosses with various sums including US$10,500 in holiday allowances paid by the RBZ to each of the body’s commissioners in 2009.
In his response, Gono – who left the RBZ last month - denied the allegations and said the application was part of an attempt to block his nomination as a Zanu PF senator at the party’s national conference last month.
“I want to make the point that I am not a criminal and l dispute each and every allegation, contention, finding or judgement that has been made against me by the applicant,” said Gono who is being represented by MDC-T secretary general and former finance minister Tendai Biti.
“I am aware that applicant in this matter and in his founding affidavit has played to the gallery by throwing all kinds of slander at me, when it was totally unnecessary to do so if he was genuine and bona fide.
“The fact of the matter is that this is a contrived application that was designed to frustrate my nomination on a Zanu PF ticket into Parliament as a Senator when this matter was being debated at the party’s conference held from December 9, 2013 in Chinhoyi.”
“While I am not a medical expert and while I am not contending that applicant is insane, I genuinely believe that he has legitimate psychological and psychotic issues that need professional examination and help,” he said.
“I believe that while much of the time he could in fact act normally, his tendency to lapse or relapse into these exceptional psychotic mood swings or depressions merit investigation as to his mental state.”
He urged the top court to dismiss the case, accusing Kereke of abusing court processes to pursue “vindictive and vitriolic claims”.
“The Constitutional Court is the highest court in the land; as such it must be revered and respected. It cannot and should not be disrespected by being used as forum to advance gross malicious, vindictive and vitriolic claims,” he said.
Gono sacked Kereke from the central bank in 2012, sparking an acrimonious and spectacular public fall-out that saw the latter claim the RBZ chief had looted millions of dollars from the apex bank among a host of other salacious allegations.