|By Lance Guma
04 August 2011SW Radio Africa continues with Part 6 of the list of Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agents working in and outside Zimbabwe. The document dated 2001 contains a list of state security agents working at that time. Some may have retired or passed away, but evidence has shown many are still serving. Although the document contained their home addresses, we are not publishing these details.
Number 400 on the list is Musafare Nyamudahondo who is described as a ‘Deputy Intelligence Officer’ in 2001. Around May 1999 he was part of Zimbabwe’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations (UN). The latest line up of mission staff on the UN website suggests Nyamudahondo has been moved elsewhere.
Michael Nyere, another ‘Deputy Intelligence Officer’ at number 412 on the list is currently the Minister Counselor, at the Zimbabwe Embassy in Rome, Italy. SW Radio Africa understands he is the third highest ranked member of the diplomatic staff there. ‘Deputy Intelligence Officer’ Siegfried Temba Samkange at number 431 has previously served at the Zimbabwean embassy in the United States as a ‘Political Counselor’.
Zvidzai Tahwa at number 452 is another state security operative deployed at the Zimbabwean embassy in Tanzania. In October 2004 he was listed by the Ministry of Finance in Tanzania as having benefited from import tax exemptions after bringing in an Isuzu Wizard truck worth about 8,556,503 Tanzanian Shillings.
Elliot Takawira (454) listed as a ‘Deputy Intelligence Officer’ hit the headlines in January this year. Takawira alongside politicians and senior army personnel known as the ‘Masvingo Initiative’ grabbed shareholding in private conservancies in the Save Valley. Takawira, Tongai Muzenda, son of the late Vice President Simon Muzenda, Raymond Musimbwa and Grey Mushava grabbed Mokore Safari Ranch.
According to a report in the Zimbabwe Reporter website, the so-called ‘Masvingo Initiative’ led by the Masvingo Province Governor Titus Maluleke threatened to drive all the game to Gonarezhou Park and “barbecue what is left over.” The group made it clear they wanted to be partners in the ventures without paying for the shares. It did not matter to them that some of the ranches were covered by bilateral investment protection agreements with countries like Germany and others.
Number 392 on the list last week was a “Deputy Intelligence Officer’ called Zenzo Ntuliki. SW Radio Africa has since been inundated with e-mails from people describing what a ‘terror mastermind’ he was in Gwanda. One listener said he was nicknamed ‘Mapekapeka’ because he was fond of stabbing people. Another listener sent an e-mail saying:
“When that guy (Ntuliki) was an Intelligence Officer based in Gwanda town he was a terror. He practically wrote the book on instilling fear in villagers. He was best mates with another cattle rustler called Mbonisi based in Stanmore business centre along Beitbridge road. The ‘rustler guy’ has a butchery there and Zenzo was providing him immunity from prosecution.”
The listener went on to say: “Ask the cops at Gwanda. Zenzo is one of the most cruel and heartless people you are ever going to meet. But am happy, rather sad that he has been transferred to Gweru, I think. I feel sorry for the Gweru folks. Please publish all the details and home addresses of these criminals,” the listener added. SW Radio Africa also understands Ntuliki’s health has deteriorated.
At number 361 last week was Elisha Muzonzini then the Director General of the CIO. Muzonzini a retired Brigadier-General served the state security agency for four years, before factional fighting within ZANU PF saw him being abruptly demoted in 2002 and posted to Kenya as Zimbabwe’s ambassador.
It was then reported that competing ZANU PF camps wanted to have their own person at the helm of the CIO. Retired army general Solomon Mujuru who leads a faction competing against Emmerson Mnangagwa for influence is reported to have been the one who recommended Muzonzini to the CIO job. The replacing of Muzonzini with the current Director General Happton Bonyongwe was seen in some circles as an attempt to dilute Mujuru’s influence.
Muzonzini decided to retire from his diplomatic posting and concentrate on full time farming at a farm he grabbed from its former white owners using an AK47 assault rifle. It is widely believed that under Muzonzini the CIO virtually became an appendage of ZANU PF.
393 Nyabinde D Operative ext 393
394 Nyakunawa F Operative ext 290
395 Nyamhere WATSON WELLINGTON Operative ext 263 or 792180 49-013122G49
396 Nyamowa A Operative ext 333
397 Nyampila S Operative ext 272
398 Nyampila S Operative ext 339
399 Nyamucheneka P Operative ext 424 or 794922
400 Nyamudahondo Musafare Deputy Intelligence Officer
401 Nyamugoroza Operative ext 418
402 Nyamutsika JASPAR Operative 708204 ext 226 18-034054G80
403 Nyamuzuwe P Operative CHAMINUKA BLDG HARARE 728225 ext 205
404 Nyandoro R Operative ext 243 or 731356
405 Nyandoro M Operative Hatcliffe 882288
406 Nyandoro Ruth Deputy Intelligence Officer
407 Nyandoro Z Operative Hatcliffe 882288
408 Nyariya Operative ext 383
409 Nyazika E Operative ext 309
410 Nyeke C Operative Hatcliffe 882288
411 Nyere M Operative ext 278
412 Nyere Michael Deputy Intelligence Officer
413 Nyikaramba BIGGIE Operative ext 394 795910 11-038529A11
414 Nyikaramba Boniface Deputy Intelligence Officer
415 Nyongoro L Operative 491108 ext 218
416 Nyoni K Operative ext 320/291
417 Nzira T Operative ext 405
418 Paketh Operative CHAMINUKA BLDG HARARE 728225 ext 204
419 Paradza Operative ext 335/372
420 Pfuwai ANODA ARTHUR Deputy Intelligence Officer 63-427580W04
421 Randazha G Operative ext 294 or 700849
422 Rondo T Operative ext 406/209
423 Ruhode E Operative ext 372/346
424 Runesu O Operative ext 215
425 Runyowa G Operative ext 424 or 882288
426 Rupande LORAINE Operative RRB ext 268 75-279214G42
427 Rushinga Bothwell Deputy Intelligence Officer
428 Sabaruata Operative ext 277
429 Sagonda Operative ext 333
430 Samkange S Operative ext 275
431 Samkange SEIGRED TEMBA W Deputy Intelligence Officer 08-510408S70
432 Sangarwe E Operative ext 336
433 Sasa Operative ext 232
434 Seke M Operative ext 319
435 Sevenzai C Operative ext 408
436 Shambare H Operative ext 356 or 725 148
437 Shambare J Operative ext 413
438 Shavi F Operative ext 345 or 725222
439 Shiri F Operative ext 269
440 Shirichena L Operative ext 375/237/342 15-103415E15
441 Shoko Gilbert Operative
442 Shumba R Operative ext 379
443 Sibenge J Operative ext 319
444 Sibve P Operative RRB ext 268
445 Sigauke E Operative ext 340
446 Sinyoro B Operative CHAMINUKA BLDG HARARE 728225 ext 205
447 Sithole J Operative ext 319
448 Siyachitema DANIEL SHEPHARD Operative ext 288 63-793051X63
449 Sombi R Operative ext 336
450 Taderera R Operative ext 260
451 Tafireyi M Operative RRB ext 268
452 Tahwa ZVIDZAI Operative 723010 ext 258 63-146584Q71
453 Takaona D Operative ext 289 or 725148
454 Takawira Elliot Deputy Intelligence Officer
455 Tanamayi JORAM Operative ext 418 08-213464C83
456 Tandi J Operative CHAMINUKA BLDG HARARE 728225 ext 204
457 Tapfuma Ezekiel Deputy Intelligence Officer 63-430420H24
458 Tarumbiswa Operative ext 251
459 Tarumbiswa Shame Deputy Intelligence Officer 63-446084J07
460 Taruvamba J Operative ext 280 or 700482
461 Tekeshe Operative ext 333
462 Temba J Operative HARDWICKE HOUSE ext 323
463 Tichareva A Operative ext 421 or 794 921
464 Tinarwo K Operative ext 275
465 Tlou BEN ELIAS MERIKA Deputy Intelligence Officer 63-366636C02
466 Tserayi A Operative 50096 ext 427
467 Tshabalala T Operative ext 209 or 406
468 Tsiko Rodrick Deputy Intelligence Officer
469 Tsoka T Operative ext 305/211
470 Tumbare L Operative ext 414 or 790385
471 Tumbare LANGION ROSTER Deputy Intelligence Officer 63-503969C42
472 Vambe D Operative ext 308
473 Vega P Operative 210533 ext 343
474 Vera T Operative ext 272
475 Vundla P Operative ext 233
476 Whekwete C Operative ext 270/437
477 Zhakata S Operative ext 383 or 739173
478 Zindi W Operative ext 351 or 794517
479 Zinyakatira P Operative Hatcliffe 882288
480 Zundiza Blessings Deputy Intelligence Officer
481 Zvirahwa Operative ext 333 ..
Supplementary list of CIO agents in Zimbabwe
More CIO agents revealed in supplementary list (Part one/Two)
After six weeks serializing a leaked 2001 list of CIO agents working in and outside Zimbabwe, SW Radio Africa last week published a supplementary list of agents who, for various reasons, might not have been on the previous document. In part two of this series we continue exposing more details and names that have come to light.
Joseph Mwale is regarded as one of the most notorious state security agents in the country. Eleven years after being implicated in the brutal murder of MDC-T activists Talent Mabika and Tichaona Chiminya, he continues to walk the streets a free man and enjoys high level protection from the Mugabe regime.
Mwale’s claim to infamy began in Buhera in 2000 when, in the run up to parliamentary elections, he ambushed a car being used by campaign aides to Morgan Tsvangirai, Talent Mabika and Tichaona Chiminya. Armed with AK47 rifles Mwale and a ZANU PF mob, that included Kainos ‘Kitsiyatota’ Zimunya, petrol bombed the vehicle, killing Chiminya and Mabika.
The death was gruesome as Mabika and Chiminya got out of the car and ran ‘across the fields burning like balls of flames.’ When the mob left the scene one of the survivors who had managed to escape, Sanderson Makombe, told SW Radio Africa he got to Chiminya and found him dead. Mabika was still alive and shouting out the names of her attackers. She was to die later in hospital.
In 2004 the regime charged Mwale’s co-accused, Webster Gwama, Bernard Makuwe and Morris Kainos (alias Kitsiyatota). All three were indicted on two counts of murder. Many activists queried why ring leader Mwale was not being prosecuted. The trial never took off anyway and instead Mwale was reported to have been promoted within the CIO ranks and given a posh car to use.
In 2006 SW Radio Africa reported how police were too scared to enforce a written order from the Attorney General’s office to arrest Mwale. The then High Court Judge James Devitte ordered Mwale be brought to trial for the murder. Former MDC-T spokesman Nelson Chamisa told us at the time “violence is perpetrated and coordinated by the state and that’s why Mwale is roaming free.”
Keeper Nyambanje, listed as the head of the CIO in the Tsholotsho District, made headlines in 2009 after threatening to kill a magistrate with a gun for remanding his wife in custody during a corruption trial. During a phone call Nyambanje warned provincial magistrate Abednico Ndebele that he was “a very rough person” and threatened to kill him or have him murdered.
It was further alleged that Nyambanje even demanded that the magistrate give him the docket relating to his wife’s trial. Nyambanje’s wife, Samukeliso Nyathi, worked for the Grain Marketing Board and was charged with stealing maize and selling it on the black market. It’s also well documented that Nyambanje played a key role in the abduction of MDC supporters in Matabeleland North in 2008.
Another CIO agent, David Nyika, was sued for Z$52 million in compensation by former NCA Vice Chairman and current MDC-T spokesman, Douglas Mwonzora, in 2005. Nyika’s lorry hit a Mazda B1600 car Mwonzora was driving along the Masvingo-Beitbridge road, but the CIO agent claimed it was an accident. Mwonzora won in a default judgment after Nyika did not bother to turn up in court.
Another notorious operative is Sidney Somai based in Marondera. In May 2008 Somai was implicated in the abduction of the MDC-T district chairman for Marondera, Potifa Bakaaiman. Several MDC-T supporters had been walking back from a court hearing when a blue twin-cab speeded towards them. Somai jumped out and hit Bakaaiman on the head with the butt of rifle.
Somai dragged Bakaaiman into the vehicle and sped off. The twin cab used in several of these Marondera abductions had the letters CAM written on it. SW Radio Africa reported how the same car was part of the fleet given to the Electoral Commission to use during the 2008 harmonised elections. The vehicle filled up with fuel at the main police station every day and was well known in the area.
Former CIO agent Patrick Jeffrey Tabva is also on the list. In March 2009 he was hauled to court facing fraud charges that sucked in Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangangwa. Tabva and Andrew Raymond Williams were accused of defrauding the Grain Marketing Board of fertilizer, flour and mealie meal. Tabva however claimed he was acting on behalf of Mnangagwa and other ZANU-PF politicians to use the food and other handouts to campaign, ahead of elections in 2008.
Asher Walter Tapfumanei, listed as CIO Assistant Director (External) in 2009, is also a retired army Brigadier General. He is said to have played key role in the June 2008 election violence and the abduction of several MDC-T activists. He was fingered as one of the people behind the abduction Jestina Mukoko, Gandi Mudzingwa and journalist Shadreck Andrison Manyere, among others.
The activists were slapped with trumped-up charges of terrorism and banditry and Tapfumanei is said to have conducted some of the interviews in which they were tortured. Not only were the activists abducted and tortured but they were also kept incommunicado between November and December 2008 by the CIO.
Andrew Muzonzini reported to be a Director (Internal) in the CIO hit the headlines in 2008. Filippo Marucchi-Chierro, a farmer originally from Italy and owner of a farm in Trelawney, recounted how Muzonzini, “describing himself as the Political Commissar of the CIO” drove onto his property on the 12th September 2008.
Andrew, a younger brother to ex-CIO Director-General retired Brigadier Elisha Muzonzini, demanded that Marucchi-Chierro leave the farm even though it had not been listed for acquisition. It was during an argument over this illegal eviction that he produced an AK-47 rifle, pointed it at the farmer and shouted: “The only thing you guys (white farmers) will understand is if we use this.”
Also on the list is Innocent Chibaya. In January 2005 it was reported that Chibaya, then chief of the CIO in Matabeleland, was transferred to Mutare by the now late Vice President Joseph Msika. Chibaya and the head of police in Bulawayo, Charles Mufandaidze, were accused of torturing ZANU PF youths who were arrested for supporting a ZANU PF faction opposed to notorious war vets leader Jabulani Sibanda.
Four of the ZANU PF youths are reported to have approached Msika at his home and narrated their torture ordeal at the hands of Chibaya and his fellow CIO agents. Mandlenkosi Sibanda, Tisunge Botomani, Nkosinathi Gama and Mandlenkosi Luphahla, all removed their clothes to reveal serious injuries to their private parts and bruises all over their bodies.
Even in Manicaland where he is now the head of the CIO, Chibaya is a notorious operative. In May 2007 it was reported that Chibaya and Denford Masiya, a senior intelligence agent in Rusape, were meant to stand trial on charges of intimidating witnesses into withdrawing violence charges against supporters of the then State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa. The case was later swept under the carpet.
Another agent in Chipinge, Joseph Chiminya, led a gang which stormed Ashanti Farm in 2005. Chiminya and five others savagely attacked farm manager Allen Warner with hoses and steel pipes. Chiminya wielded an Uzi light machine gun and pointed it at Warner, but when he tried to fire, the gun jammed. Warner subsequently attempted to escape on a motorbike but was caught and beaten up.
On our list this week are also the four CIO agents who took part in the abduction of former ZBC TV presenter and human rights activist Jestina Mukoko. In December 2009 Marasike Chitate (alias Chigure), Ndambakuwa, Maganga and Mhlanga were part of a 7 member gang that abducted Mukoko from her Norton home around 5am. They pushed her into the back of a truck and sped off.
Mukoko said they took her to an interrogation room: “First, I was assaulted underneath my feet with a rubber-like object which was at least one metre long. Later, I was informed to raise my feet on to a table, and the other people in the room started to assault me underneath my feet. This assault lasted for at least five to six minutes. They took a break and then continued again with the beatings.”
No weeks one knew where Mukoko was being held. It was only after 21 days that she was able briefly, in the presence of police, to see her family. Without warning she was brought to court on Christmas Eve, alongside other detainees who had been abducted and held for over 76 days. The detainees included a 72-year-old man and a two-year-old boy, all facing dubious terrorism and banditry charges.
Another state security agent in Chimanimani is Brighton Mashopeka Muchuwa. On Christmas Eve in 2007 he beat to death a Christmas reveler, after accusing him of showing off with ‘MDC money.’ Muchuwa, a sidekick of wanted murderer and fellow CIO agent Joseph Mwale, assaulted Charles Sigauke and his father at their home on Christmas Eve.
Sigauke worked in South Africa and had come back to spend the holidays with his dad. He died the day after the beating, on Christmas day. Muchuwa accused Sigauke of being an MDC-T member and spending money given to him by the MDC-T. Witnesses say at one point Muchuwa lifted Sigauke and slammed him onto the bonnet of a nearby vehicle.
Both Sigauke and his father were hospitalized in Chimanimani before the son succumbed to his injuries. Post-mortem results confirmed he died from internal bleeding. Some reports say Muchuwa was arrested, detained by police, but then released. At the time SW Radio Africa reported how the police were reluctant to pursue the matter any further, given he was from the CIO.
In January 2008 we also reported on how Daniel Romeo Mutsunguma, a CIO agent who was based at the Zimbabwean embassy in the United States, shot and killed female MDC activist Tabitha Marume in Rusape. The MDC-T named Mutsunguma as the man who pulled the trigger and shot the woman in the stomach. She died on her way to Mutare General Hospital.
Marume was part of a group of seven MDC-T activists who walked to a torture camp at Manonga School, demanding the release of their colleagues who had been abducted by soldiers. Pishai Mucharauya, who then was the newly elected MDC-T MP for Makoni South, said their investigations had revealed that Mutsunguma’s wife also worked at the Zimbabwe embassy in Washington as a receptionist.
CIO Directors not listed (or fully covered) in our initial series – See related story Part 1 : Part 2
ID No 63-447595B-18
John Andrew Maringa
Director (Director-General’s pool)
Thomas John Meke
Head of Administration
Senior Directors who have left the organization
fired in 1999 over infighting within the CIO
Implicated in murder of several MDC-T activists in Manicaland
fired in 1999 over infighting within the CIO
Fled to Canada after facing fraud charges
Permanent Secretary in Ministry of Energy & Power Development
Godfrey Murombo Madzorera
Principal Director in the Department of Anti-Corruption and Anti-Monopolies in the Office of the President and Cabinet
Ozias Evans Machaya Hove
Principal Director in the Department of Indigenisation and Empowerment in the Office of the President and Cabinet
Edgar Tafi Chigudu
Principal Director in the Department of State Enterprises and Parastatals in the Office of the President and Cabinet
John Marangwanda also known as Jofo
Director of Economics
Also involved in CIO takeover of Mirror newspapers which began in 2002
Principal Director in Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Office
Other agents who might have joined after 2001 and not on initial list
Assaulted policeman in 2007
Head of CIO in Manicaland Province
Torture, assault and intimidating witnesses
Assaulted policeman in 2007
Serious Assault and directing violent youth militia in 2008
Chitate Marasike (alias Chigure)
Abduction of Jestina Mukoko and others
Taking part in violent farm in invasions
Kamba I. M.
Mafoti Robson Manyuwa
Chief Executive Officer of Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre (SIRDC)
Our research shows SIRDC is heavily linked with the CIO
Abduction of Jestina Mukoko and others
Maplanga Hlungwani Simon
Ex CIO and former Diplomat
Armed robbery and passport fraud
Retired Senior Intelligence Officer
Abduction of Jestina Mukoko and others
Muchuwa Brighton Mashopeka
Operative promoted from ZANU PF youth militia
Killed MDC reveler on Christmas Eve 2007
Mutsunguma Daniel Romeo
Operative formerly based at the Zimbabwe Embassy in the US
Shot dead female MDC-T activist Tabitha Marume in 2008
Senior Intelligence Operative
Murder of MDC-T activist Tichaona Chiminya and Talent Mabika in 2000
Abduction of Jestina Mukoko and others
Nhekairo F R
Head of CIO in Tsholotsho
In 2009 threatened to kill magistrate with a gun after his wife was arrested
In 2005 his lorry hit a car driven by MDC-T official Douglas Mwonzora. Claimed it was an accident
Operative based in Marondera
Abduction of MDC-T District Chair Potifa Bakaaiman
Tabva Jeffrey Patrick
Tapfumanei Asher Walter
Assistant Director External who is also a retired army Brigadier General
Played key role in June 2008 election violence