The state of the economy, the sensational trial of a church leader accused of raping his flock and the “cosy” relation between former central bank chief Gideon Gono and ex-finance minister Tendai Biti dominated Zimbabwe newspaper headlines on Wednesday.The privately-run NewsDay and Daily News led with stories on comments by Biti about the precarious state of the Zimbabwean economy. Â€śEconomy is dead Â€“ BitiÂ€ screamed the headline in NewsDay while the Daily News quoted Biti as saying the government was struggling to raise money for the 2014 national budget and could be forced to reintroduce the defunct Zimbabwe dollar, which was scrapped in 2009. The two independent dailies and the state-run Herald also extensively covered the trial of disgraced pastor Robert Gumbura who is accused of forcing women in his church to sleep with him. The pastor allegedly boasted that he Â€śownedÂ€ all the women in his church and married female congregants were only on Â€śloanÂ€ to their husbands. The Herald also carried a speculative article on what it termed the Â€ścosyÂ€ relationship between Biti and ex- Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gono. The paper alleged that Gono this week hired Biti as his lawyer to represent him in a court case in which the former RBZ chief is being accused by his ex-adviser of looting state funds. According to the Herald, this cosy relation with a senior opposition official Â€śis causing unease about where his allegiances lieÂ€ and could scuttle his chances of landing a vacant senatorial seat. The paper questioned the sudden thawing of ties between Gono and Biti who were former sworn enemies.
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