Former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor, Gideon Gono has claimed that Zimbabwe’s economy is on the verge of double-digit growth rates due to what he termed “EDnomics.” In an opinion piece, Gono said that he was very impressed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s firm grasp on economics and what the President outlined in his inauguration speech. Said Gono:
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s inauguration speech was in a class of its own in terms of vision, strategy and content.
The President showed a clear, firm grasp of economics with his dose of what I would call “EDNomics”, proudly showing the world that here is a new Zimbabwe that is ready and open for business
I can tell you that I’m one person who is very happy with the speech and the outcome of all that has happened, culminating in the brilliant, peaceful transition between two great men in our history.
…I particularly like the new President’s brand of EDNomics, EDPolitics and EDPlomacy.
…That statement alone, together with everything else he said, will get this economy flying to double-digit growth rates with the potential to propel this country to the levels of the likes of Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, South Korea and others in a very short space of time given our natural resources and literacy levels.
Gono also said that Zimbabwe was very blessed to be under the leadership of President Mnangagwa who he described as God-fearing.
Now, the lesson for me and to many others listening to his address there was that if the new President can forgive, exalt, honour and still respect his predecessor regardless and in spite of all events preceding his inauguration, who am I or you to want to keep grudges against anyone or anybody?
I think this nation is blessed to have a God-fearing leadership and what President Mnangagwa did will definitely stand us in good stead among nations and peoples of all colours, creed, religions and political persuasions.
What I’m saying is that it is not just the economic issues that I and many others listened to, but also, the political and social dimensions of the President’s speech.