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Chief Justice moves in to quell Kereke, Gono feud

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CHIEF Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku has moved in to quell the on-going feud between former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono and his ex-advisor Munyaradzi Kereke over allegations of abuse of office and corruption.

BY CHARLES LAITON
SENIOR COURT REPORTER

This follows Kereke’s court application seeking prosecution of his former RBZ boss.

Chief registrar Walter Chikwanha yesterday wrote to Gono’s lawyer Tendai Biti advising him that the dispute between Gono and Kereke had been placed before Chief Justice Chidyausiku for his consideration.

“Please be advised that the matter has been placed before the Honourable Chief Justice for his consideration,” said Chikwanha. “He has directed that the first respondent (Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission [Zacc]) must file its heads of arguments by March 31 2014, before he issues further directions.”

Chikwanha’s letter followed correspondence from Biti dated March 25 2014, in which he acknowledged receiving Kereke’s heads of argument, but challenged the latter’s legality to be heard by the courts.

“Further to our letter dated 12th March 2014, we do confirm the common cause matter that the Applicant’s Heads of Argument were filed at our offices on the 17th of March 2014. In view of the fact that the Applicant has been barred in this matter, we await the court’s directive,” Biti said.

Chief Justice Chidyausiku’s directive came after Gono approached the Constitutional Court (Concourt) seeking to bar Kereke from filing his heads of arguments at the court arguing the latter had run out of time as required by law.

In February, this year Kereke filed a ConCourt application seeking to compel Zacc to investigate his former boss on graft charges allegedly committed during the time Gono was at the helm of the central bank.

In his application, Kereke argued that the failure by Zacc to investigate allegations of abuse of office, corruption and theft, levelled against Gono, was unconstitutional, adding that the commission had an obligation to receive and consider complaints from members of the public.

Biti said Kereke was supposed to have filed his heads of argument by February 21, a date which was latter shifted to March 7 and eventually March 11, but still Kereke had failed to abide by the court rules.

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