CIO beefs up protection of chef’s kids in SA

The Zimbabwean Central Intelligence Organisation has beefed up its security on senior government officials and their families in South Africa following a recent assassination attempt on the daughter of a senior army official.
Laura Sibanda, the daughter of Zimbabwe National Army general, Maj

or-general Phillip Valerio Sibanda, was attacked by as yet to be identified individuals in early May in Kwazulu Natal.
Laura is a psychology student at the Kwazulu Natal University and was allegedly attacked at a nearby shopping centre.
A family friend studying at the same university says Laura suspects some disgruntled Zimbabweans who have either worked as domestic workers for their family who were fired without pay or some army officials trying to embarrass her father into resigning.
According to Zimbabwe Society Students (Zimsoc) members, who were with her, Laura had to seek medical attention at a private hospital as she had received serious cuts and bruises.
It is understood that because of the recent attack, senior government officials in Zimbabwe had now resolved to change the names of their children for fear of further attacks.
Thousands of children of senior government and ruling party officials are studying in South Africa, Europe and the United States following the collapse of the education system in Zimbabwe.
At the Kwazulu Natal University, there are also a number of children of high-ranking officials who include, another daughter of Gen. Sibanda, Rachel.
Other students at the college are, Simbarashe Masoka, the son of agriculture permanent secretary Ngoni Masoka; Jacqueline and Elinor Kundishora, the daughters of Brigadier Kundishora and a nephew of President Robert Mugabe, Hillary Mugabe.
Close government sources have established that the Zimbabwean government is spending millions of South African rand per semester in beefing up security of high ranked Zimbabwean elite’s children in South Africa. – Own correspondent.

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