By Amelia Johnson|
Former central bank governor, Gideon Gono, has confirmed that he owes Bulawayo City Council (BCC) $1 500 in unpaid rates.
Gono was named on a ‘list of shame’ by the council as one of the Zanu PF chefs owning ‘vast tracts’ of land in Bulawayo, mainly for speculative purposes, but not remitting their dues to the local authority run by the MDC-T. The council said it was grappling with many challenges as it was owed $91 million in outstanding payments by clients who included businesses and high profile individuals, including cabinet ministers. Publication of the list has exposed some members of president Robert Mugabe’s regime as owners of multiple properties countrywide.
In a statement, Gono said the rates were in respect of a stand in Windsor Park, which he claims he bought for Z$25 000, but was now worth US$15 000.
Gono was named among high-profile Zanu PF chefs and business tycoons bankrupting the BCC.
The former RBZ governor also admitted owning a house in Bulawayo, although he lives mainly in Harare.
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