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Vol 46 No 4

Published 18th February 2005


Zimbabwe

Friends fall out

A former business ally of the Mugabe government accuses it of corruption and hypocrisy

The last shreds of credibility of President Robert Mugabe's government are at stake in a war of words between businessman Mutumwa Mawere and Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono. The row is symptomatic of the splintering of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, divided on policy and the succession to 81-year-old Mugabe. The row revolves around a key issue in the run-up to elections on 31 March: the government's declared anti-corruption campaign. Governor Gono has been leading that campaign for the government and his dogged pursuit of businesses breaking Zimbabwe's foreign exchange laws has made him many enemies. Yet Mawere has publicly accused Gono of breaking these laws in 2000 when he was Chief Executive of the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ).

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