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HARARE - Zimbabwe's central bank chief has made so many unpopular decisions in his bid to turn around the shattered economy that his friends now wish him dead.
Gideon Gono said some of his former friends felt punished by the recently implemented reserve bank policies.
"Today they would want me dead. I have few, very few friends I can count on as friends today, but that does not matter at all," he said.
Gono said he now relies on family members "who stand by me all the way".
When Gono was appointed Zimbabwean governor in 2004, hopes were high the eloquent businessman would succeed in arresting the country's economic decline.
But that has not happened. Inflation is the highest in the world at 1023,30 percent and the currency is fast losing value.
Officially the US dollar changes hands at Zim$250 a unit, but on the parallel market the rate is six times higher.
Gono has also implemented highly criticised moves, such as the August scrapping of old bank notes, which seems to have resulted in another round of massive price increases, and most recently the closure of 16 money transfer agencies.
"We must not be discouraged or prematurely beat ourselves as having failed because typically it is often the case that the last key on the bunch opens the lock," he said. - Sapa-DPA