President Emmerson Mnangagwa is reported to have fired senior Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officers linked to his predecessor former President Robert Mugabe. The senior officers who were fired are alleged to be close allies of Mugabe and former CIO Director General Happyton Bonyongwe and are suspected of having leaked information to the former president. The Business Times reports that some of the fired members include,
- Director Counter Intelligence Musafare Nyamudahondo
- Director Technical Affairs Charles Hwekwete
- Director Economics Jimias Madzingira
A source who spoke to Business Times said,
There was need to align the organisation and ensure trusted lieutenants are put in place while those still linked to Mugabe are pushed out and that has since taken place.
Mnangagwa also fired 17 senior operatives in the first major shakeup at the organisation after Mugabe had a meeting with his former deputy Joice Mujuru. The 17 included then director of security Albert Ngulube, then director for External Affairs, Andrew Muzonzini, and Mugabe’s aide de camp Wonder Nyakurima after were accused of facilitating the meeting.
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Happyton Bonyongwe is a lawyer and the former Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. He took over from Emmerson Mnangagwa after being appointed in a cabinet reshuffle on 9 October 2017. Before his appointment he was the director general of the Zimbabwean intelligence agency,... Read More About Happyton Bonyongwe
The Central Intelligence Organisation otherwise known as the CIO is an arm of the Zimbabwe security sector whose line of work is inherently classified. For a very long time the organisation and its operations have ignited public debate and fueled speculation. Read More About Central Intelligence Organisation