Zimbabwe – Emmerson Mnangagwa Appoints New Head of Central Intelligence Organization (CIO)

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Harare – President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has appointed a former diplomat as the head of Central Intelligence Organization.

The Central Intelligence Organization (CIO) is the national intelligence agency or “secret police” of Zimbabwe.

It was conceived as the external intelligence-gathering arm of the British South Africa Police Special Branch in the early 1960s, under Southern Rhodesian prime minister Winston Field.

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According to the Zimbabwean Herald newspaper report on Saturday 11th December 2017, retired army general Happyton Bonyongwe was replaced by Isaac Moyo, who was Zimbabwean ambassador to Lesotho and South Africa.

Isaac Moyo also served as a member of the African Union’s Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA), intelligence provider to the union’s 55 states.

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Mnangagwa, who was sworn in two weeks ago in the wake of the de facto military coup that ended Mugabe’s 37-year rule, has been ringing in changes in his administration including appointing leading military officials to top posts in his cabinet.

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