Zimbabwe's Casino Economy

Extraordinary Measures for Extraordinary Challenges

Gideon Gono



This is the remarkable first-hand account of the tenure of the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, from December 2003 until November 2008. A close colleague of President Robert Mugabe, he explains why he cherishes that opportunity to serve him and his country. A number of beliefs underpin his account of his tenure: every nation seeks development in terms of economic growth, equity, social cohesion, political stability, democracy and human rights as well as sovereignty or national autonomy in international affairs, and his account is therefore in a development context, the object of public policy.


The book is, at heart, a 232-page literary fleshing-out of an 18-word statement issued by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe on 21 January 2008: 'Blaming the government, the Reserve Bank or the governor all the time is unacceptable and will be met with serious consequences.' -Marc Abrahams, Annals of Improbable Research


Gideon Gono is a former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor. He is currently the proprietor of The Financial Gazette, Zimbabwe's oldest private newspaper.