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Zim’s Gono denied Senate seat

The ex-central bank chief says factions in Zanu-PF are engaging in “vulturous succession battles”.

Gideon Gono told the private 'NewsDay' newspaper that his opponents within Zanu-PF were behind the decision. Picture: WikiCommons.

ZIMBABWE - There have been sharp words from Zimbabwe's ex-central bank chief Gideon Gono.

This after he was denied a seat in the Senate.

He now says factionalism within Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's party is tearing the country apart.

Gono, who stepped down from the Reserve Bank at the end of last year, says efforts to repair Zimbabwe's economy are being undermined by what he called "vulturous succession battles".

The former Central Bank governor is clearly annoyed at his disqualification this week.

The announcement was made by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission.

The commission said Gono was registered as a voter in Buhera District too late, but he told privately-owned NewsDay that his opponents within Zanu-PF were behind the move.

Two factions, one headed by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and another by Vice-President Joice Mujuru, are said to be vying to take over from Mugabe.

There have also been reports that Mugabe's wife, Grace, was also vying for the post.

Gono said the race to succeed Mugabe while still alive and in office was "nothing but vulturous".