27 June 2014

Zimbabwe: Spare Us the Theatrics, Gono to Kereke

FORMER central bank governor Gideon Gono has told Munyaradzi Kereke to "spare us the theatrics" and take the matter of his Pay As You Earn (PAYE) tax up with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ).

"Regarding the PAYE issue raised by my erstwhile PA, Dr Munyaradzi Kereke, it is instructive to note that it is the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) which employed him - not Gideon Gono," the former RBZ chief in a statement Friday.

He was responding to reports Kereke, a former aide, had written to the police and the national prosecutor general urging investigation of Gono for allegedly not remitting to his PAYE to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra).

Kereke left the RBZ in 2012 after falling out with Gono. He was given an exit package of about $1,3 million with about $400,000 deducted for tax.

The Bikita West legislator claims Gono did not remit the tax to Zimra and wants his former boss investigated for possible fraud.

But Gono said he expected Kereke to know better.

"We are a nation of simple people and should be spared these theatrics," said Gono.

"If Kereke has real issues he knows where to go in search of answers. There is a new governor at the bank who can assist him. Zimra knows where to go if there are any issues."

It was no secret, Gono added, that RBZ owed various individuals and institutions "a lot of money" which the institution should be able to repay once the government adequately funds the apex bank.

"Trying to personalize institutional issues and present them as a scandal is in itself a scandal of unimaginable proportions whose real motive can only be to divert public attention from real and genuine issues the courts and publics are aware of which need my accuser to stand in the dock and cleanse himself of, and not to spend time misleading people," said Gono.

"Writing to heaven and replacing Biblical facts with satanic teachings is unlikely to earn anyone entry into the Lords garden."

Gono concluded with a dig at the media saying: "The same principle applies to those excitable carriers of the message who do not take the basic precaution to verify facts about what they have been duped to carry."

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