Jonathan Moyo says think inside the box


Jonathan Moyo’s war of words with former central bank governor Gideon Gono seems to be raging on, or so it seems. He has just told a conference of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators: “We must think inside the box and not outside the box. How can you tell us to think outside the box as if you have noticed that we are thinking inside the box? ”

It is not clear if he was referring to Gono but the former central bank governor repeatedly told Zimbabweans to think outside the box, especially during his first term of office, and that failure was not an option.

Moyo said the country’s economy was on the rebound, but people should not expect this to be overnight.

“As a country, we have entered into serious partnerships with the second largest economies in the world. This is a result of the serious hard work that has been going on in the past 10 months of engagement and dialogue which gives hope of unlocking Zimbabwe’s economic potential.  People want to see the benefits of the Chinese and Russian deals today. Some are threatening us with demonstrations saying you promised two million jobs, but they are forgetting that the jobs will come over a five-year period. The benefits of the Chinese and Russian deals are over five years.  Yes, our economy took a battering, but as we speak today the economy is on the rebound because of policies and the self correcting process it is undergoing, especially in this multi-currency regime.  At one time our economic growth rate went up to 12 percent, but that was a result of indiscipline, especially between 2009 and 2011. It was that time when interest rates were too high and we did not understand the true value of the dollar,” he said according to The Herald.

Moyo said that company secretaries must be the gatekeepers to stop people from awarding themselves hefty salaries which paralysed most state enterprises.

“The salarygate was a result of failure of professional technical cadres to do their jobs. How can you unlock the country’s economic potential when you allow such madness to take place as professionals? We should engage each other through meaningful dialogue and come up with solutions.  We should understand that we as a country have been polarised, not just in political terms, but in terms of how we see ourselves in relationships with one another.  We should understand that because of polarisation we made life difficult for our country as we are unable to access offshore financing because people view us as a country in perpetual clashes. We don’t use common language in discussing our situation.”

Last week, Moyo accused Gono of misleading the public y claiming that his disqualification from the Manicaland Senate seat was due to factionalism in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. He said this was a clear indication of how desperate Gono was to become a senator.

Gono was disqualified because he was not registered as a voter in Manicaland.


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