Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has
reportedly set off friction in the coalition government after refusing to
remove the governor of the reserve bank. Appearing live on television Monday,
President Mugabe said central bank Governor Gideon Gono will remain in his
The move is widely expected increase tensions with coalition
partners, including Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic
Change (MDC). Mugabe blames the west for
influencing the prime minister and his party to demand the removal of the
central bank governor.
Simba Makoni, a presidential candidate in Zimbabwe's
last election, told VOA integrity has been elusive in the coalition government.
clearly, President Mugabe has confidence in the governor of the bank that he
will do as he has done in the past -- the kinds of things that President Mugabe
wants at the central bank," he said.
Makoni says some members of
ZANU-PF's coalition partner blame the bank governor for the country's economic
"Everyone outside President
Mugabe's circle believes that the woes that the country is in were fueled by
some of the policies pursued… so they believe that pursuing the same policies
in the coalition government is not in the interest of the country," he said.
Makoni concurs with the
Morgan Tsvangirai and his supporters who want a new person to head the central
"The reappointment of
Governor Gono was not in keeping with the letter and spirit of the Global
Political Agreement that brought the inclusive government," Makoni said.
He said the embattled
president often refuses to take responsibilities for his actions, but routinely
blames the west.
"There is nothing new there.
You now that all these years, Mugabe has blamed the condition of our country on
what he calls western detractors because he won't accept responsibility for the
policies he has pursued," he said.
Makoni said President Mugabe
still thinks others can be influenced.
"He won't accept that other
Zimbabweans can take a different stance from his, independently from any other
influence. Other people must always be influenced by outsiders except himself,"
He said there seems to be a
lack of commitment in the coalition government which is causing problems.
"There is only one way
forward. If people are honest and genuine about what they agreed in the Global
Political Agreement, then they should pursue those agreements honestly and
genuinely," he said.
Makoni said sharp divisions
still exist over a full implementation of the agreement which led to formation
of the coalition government.
"One of those agreements has
to do with appointments of public officers in important offices, which were to
be done by agreement between the parties in the Global Political Agreement,"
He said President Mugabe
appointed some ministers without the consent of the coalition partners, setting
of an impasse in the unity government.
"It is quite clear that the
governor of the reserve bank and the attorney general and other pubic officers
were not appointed in accordance with the Global Political Agreement," he said.
Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai recently
pleaded with regional leaders and the African Union to mediate his dispute over
the appointment of reserve bank boss Gideon Gono.