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EXCLUSIVE: Gideon Gono played key role in Mugabe resignation: Comments on leaked picture with #Mugabe and Grace

By Lance Guma

The former governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, Gideon Gono, played a key role in negotiations that saw President Robert Mugabe finally resign after 37 years in power.

Gideon Gono, Father Fidelis Mukonori, Mugabe spokesman and Permanent Secretary in the Information Ministry George Charamba, Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe.
Gideon Gono, Father Fidelis Mukonori, Mugabe spokesman and Permanent Secretary in the Information Ministry George Charamba, Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe.

In an exclusive interview with Nehanda Radio, Gono confirmed that a picture he claims was “maliciously” leaked showing him with Mugabe and former First Lady Grace Mugabe, was indeed taken on Tuesday 21 November, 2017 from the “Blue Roof” private mansion that belongs to the former First Family. This was just after Mugabe had resigned in a letter to the Speaker of Parliament.

“Whoever had leaked that one photo had ulterior motives but okay there you are!” Gono told us.

Gono insists the picture leaked was meant to push the narrative that Grace Mugabe was depressed when according to Gono “it was actually all smiles in the end.” The former central bank governor proceeded to provide Nehanda Radio with the full set of pictures taken from the mansion.

Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) Acting Director General Aaron Daniel Tonde Nhepera, Gideon Gono, Father Fidelis Mukonori, Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe.
Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) Acting Director General Aaron Daniel Tonde Nhepera, Gideon Gono, Father Fidelis Mukonori, Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe.
Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) Acting Director General Aaron Daniel Tonde Nhepera, Gideon Gono, Father Fidelis Mukonori, Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe.
Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) Acting Director General Aaron Daniel Tonde Nhepera, Gideon Gono, Father Fidelis Mukonori, Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe.
Gideon Gono, Father Fidelis Mukonori, Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe.
Gideon Gono, Father Fidelis Mukonori, Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe.
Gideon Gono, Father Fidelis Mukonori, Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe.
Gideon Gono, Father Fidelis Mukonori, Robert Mugabe and Grace Mugabe.

The pictures show Gono with Mugabe’s spokesman and Permanent Secretary in the Information Ministry George Charamba, Catholic priest Father Fidelis Mukonori and Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) Acting Director General Aaron Daniel Tonde Nhepera who also played a part in negotiations that led to Mugabe avoiding the embarrassment of a successful impeachment.

“These (pictures) were taken a short while after he had voluntarily decided to step down from Office for reasons stated in his letter to the Speaker of the House of Assembly on Tuesday,” Gono told us.

“This was the most sobre moment of my life and in the history of our country, to be there when that decision was taken in the interests of preserving, peace and saving lives against the alternative. 

“Zimbabwe and Zimbabweans across the board and across the political divide, colour, creed, ethnicity and religion need healing at this stage of our lives more than at any other time in the history or future of our nation.

“There should be no room for retribution, vindictiveness or anything that takes our attention away from the ball. Few people in their lives will ever go through the trauma of witnessing your father and an icon of President Mugabe’s stature deciding to step down. It’s not something to be proud of. This situation should not and should never be repeated ever,” Gono told Nehanda Radio.

Asked why he ( Gono) went to assist the former president to negotiate his exit when he is not part of the ZANU ( PF) structures or government machinery for the purpose, Gono responded:

“People tend to run away from you when the chips are down and few will have the courage to stand by you during your darkest moments. I have experienced it personally before, when I retired from governorship in 2014 but I cannot be the evil that I don’t like to see happen to me.

“I’m not ashamed to say that I have remained loyal and a friend of the former President to the end, not for financial or commercial reasons but from a point of principle.

“Even with the incoming President, Cde E. D.Mnangagwa, when everyone deserted him in 2004/5 (alleged Tsholotsho coup), I am proud to state publicly that I was one of the few who fearlessly remained standing by him during those low moments in his political life and His Excellency the Former President, Cde R G Mugabe knew about it and never discouraged me from associating with him.

“So, issues of loyalty to me count a lot more in my life than political expediency or any form of gold, silver or opportunity. Those who are friends with me know that I will not waver on a day they need my umbrella,” Gono told Nehanda Radio.

Mugabe was forced to step down after 8 days of intense pressure following a military coup led by army general Constantine Chiwenga and an impeachment proceeding in parliament that was halted midway through when the 93-year-old eventually agreed to step down. 

The former Vice President who was sacked by Mugabe, Emmerson Mnangagwa will be sworn in as the new president on Friday and is expected to finish Mugabe’s term in office up to a maximum of September 2018. Nehanda Radio

  • And Kaunda also

  • PanAfricanist

    Gono kuruma achifuridzira. Akanzi don’t worry mudhara. Mukadzi tinosara tichichengeta tichirova makumbo.

  • CryBelovedZimbabwe

    Gono helped hide away the ill gotten loot. You will not get away with it

  • captainKangaroo

    I heard Kasukuwere hid under Prez’s bed, what a clown!

    • emkay

      hahahahahahaaha amana #dead

    • HRH Perfect Pat waMADMAX

      Kkkkkkkkkkkk

  • Icho!

    The man who boasted that he was the private banker to the president, maybe he had gone to discuss security arrangements for those “bank accounts.” Let us see if we will get some sort of assessment of the goings on during his unforgettable, infamous governorship; or if there are too many guilty hands even in the “new Zanu” for that.

  • Nothing good comes out of this looter.He created bearer cheques which totall destroyed our economy

  • Kutonhodzwa kwaThembizodwa Marufu

  • Kkkkk he is after Gucci

  • Totenda nebasa ramakabata baba mugabe.

  • Nemamwe maGen’a anofanira kunge ari inside avakungoitawo Talkings

  • Saka ichokwadi kuti ainama grace

  • Saka ichokwadi kuti ainama grace

  • Brutal Truth

    Gono busy giving us useless photos.We want to see the ones where Grace was actually crying.Bring those on Gono

  • MissIvysLastSon

    where is charamba in the pictures

  • Ko Mangudya munun’una waGono aripi

  • Muchati Bhuu

    He knows where the money is hidden

  • Nothing wrong about these pictures

  • He should be prosecuted for destroying our currency.

  • Bobisyouruncle

    Gono na Grace must never be left alone in one room…

  • It doesn’t help for the majority of Zimbabweans because this man destruct our country. He must be prosecuted

  • Even myself I helped also.

  • Nxaaaaaaaa imbavha iyii Gono chiii

  • Gono must b tried also

  • Ushe

    A picture speaks a thousand words. Even though Gono says there were smiles at the end, Grace clearly looks sad and depressed!

  • Kune anobvuma kuti ndakadya here….hanzi loyalty

  • Ko minister we mbudzi akazodii ko

  • From hero to zero – charge him!

  • Gono could have been the only guy OFFICIALLY authorised by the old man to substitute him on his conjugal rights on his Pretty Lady where physical energy and power in bed were needed.

  • LK

    Former articles do show that Gono has been very closely linked to the old man and Disgrace He should also be investigated as he is the former Governor of the RBZ.

  • Mambokadzi Perfect Pat

    Mother christmas has a SPECIAL early CHRIST MAS present for Grace hure and the Gobby grandpa this christmas .

  • Old One

    Loyalty is everything.