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Published: October 27, 2010
(Analysis)Zimbabwe’s Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono who recently became the centre of an adultery controversy with President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, has at least three wives, ZimEye can reveal.
ZimEye can exclusively reveal that by the end of the year 2002, Gono had married three women all of whom lived at his Harare mansion. ZimEye is reliably informed that the governor’s harem grew to three a long while before he became central bank chief. Gono denies this truth and in public now claims that he has only one wife. Explaining his meteoric rise to affluence however, Gono is on record informing a friend in a meeting early in 2000 that his sudden fortunes were a result of his close-relations with the first lady.
Grace is “my Mainini”
Explaining his relationship to president Robert Mugabe’s wife, Gono said:
“The first lady is my Mainini”
In the Shona language, ‘Mainini’ refers to either aunt, or just merely a cousin. In many villages of the Shona people however, almost every villager is a cousin-relation in one way or the other. Many Zimbabweans on internet forums argued saying it is common Shona behaviour among rural communities that when a village-relation rises to prominence, the rest of the community rushes to re-trace historical family trees so they can also benefit from the village-colleague’s sudden affluence, wealth, or power. The central bank chief who was once a tea-boy has been sucked into a controversy which involves his ‘mainini’ – President Robert Mugabe’s wife.
Apologists for Gono argue presenting a list of issues they say are irregularities in the Sunday Times article. A meeting with lawyers is believed to have been convened on Wednesday as Gono together with Mugabe begin to weigh options of persuing a lawsuit against the paper. The central bank governor has together with President Robert Mugabe reportedly begun to prepare legal proceedings against the newspaper which they say defamed them when it published a story alleging a sexual affair between President Mugabe’s wife Grace and the banker. (ZimEye) pic caricature: Sydney Mlambo