Munyaradzi Kereke, the former advisor to ex-Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono, claims that he “hand-held” his former boss for eight years during his tenure at the helm of the central bank.
In his voluminous answering affidavit lodged with the Constitutional Court yesterday, in a matter in which he accuses Gono of fraud involving millions of dollars, Kereke said it was a miracle how the country survived under the leadership of Gono.
The affidavit contains massive documents, attached as annexutures meant to support his claims.
The chairman of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and Gono are cited as first and second respondents respectively.
“It is pertinent to note, firstly that l am extremely mentally sound, with absolutely no history of mental instability,” wrote Kereke.
“Quite to the contrary I professionally hand-held the second respondent for at least 8 years as his advisor at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, carrying out macro and microeconomic policy research, as well as preparing virtually all speeches for the second respondent and more telling, assisting him with at least 99,9% of his submissions for the whole of ‘his’ academic work for the doctoral studies.
“If I were to be near-lunatic as is suggested by the second respondent, then it would be the two of us with him, given that he comfortably took advice for 8 years virtually on a daily basis from the alleged mentally retarded person in me.”
Dismissing Gono’s remarks doubting his sanity, Kereke said: “The vital point out of this startling display of very low mental amplitude is that quite literally it is the greatest miracle of our time that we survived the Second Respondent’s stewardship of the country’s financial and monetary affairs for a decade.”
He said even “near-lunatics” were fully protected by the country’s Constitution.
“Section 83 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe specifically impels the State to take all appropriate measures ‘to protect them’ (persons with disabilities) from all forms of exploitation,” he said.
Kereke accuses Gono of siphoning millions of dollars from the central bank for personal use, including the purchase of real estate properties.
“The way the second respondent defrauded public funds is that he siphoned hard cash that was being bought by the central bank from the parallel market by the bank’s security division using Zimbabwe dollars on a routine basis, applying such funds to his personal use,” wrote Kereke.
Kereke, also accuses former Finance minister Tendai Biti, who is now Gono’s lawyer, of abusing the country’s funds accessed from the International Monetary Fund drawing rights with Gono’s blessings.
He said both Biti and Gono had a criminal case to answer, adding that he was processing legal applications to force Biti to recuse himself and renounce agency.