Reports in Namibia allege that Chalton Hwende approached the Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Sebastian Ndeitunga seeking asylum.
Hwende is on the police wanted list in connection with the #Shutdown protests. In a report in the New Era newspaper, Hwende`s lawyer Norman Tjombe wrote to the Namibian police chief requesting protection “against unlawful abduction and the possible rendition to Zimbabwe at the hands of Central Intelligence Organisation”. Tjombe claimed his client was in the country to visit relatives although there are fears he might be arrested if he returns to Zimbabwe. Part of his letter reads:
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Should our client not be afforded the necessary protection, our client will not hesitate to approach the High Court of Namibia on an urgent basis for appropriate order, including an interdict. In the course of January 2019, our client was informed, through reliable sources, that members of the Zimbabwean intelligence agency, namely the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), travelled to Namibia to abduct and rendition him (Hwende) to Zimbabwe where he is apparently wanted for treason, incitement to commit public violence and other charges. According to the information, the members of the CIO already arrived in Namibia on or before 28 January 2019.
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