Analysts who spoke to The Herald criticised former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) governor Gideon Gono for saying he printed the bearer cheque to prevent a coup by hungry soldiers.
One of the three analysts who spoke to The Herald, Godwine Mureriwa said Gono should have resigned if he was a principled financial expert. He also criticised Gono for insinuating that Operation Restore Legacy was a coup. Said Mureriwa:
People of integrity, professionalism and who are progressive would have done what Nkosana Moyo or Simba Makoni did. We have Patrick Chinamasa, who was cornered during the Mugabe era, but stood with his position on civil service rationalisation and cutting of the wage bill until he lost his post. 2008 was a critical period for everyone and for Gono to tarnish the image of the army like that is unacceptable. It is sad that he sees Operation Restore Legacy as a coup, yet it was restoration of the ideals of the liberation struggle and removal of the one centre of power which had been clandestinely created by the G40 cabal.