CIO bars stats agency worker from office

BULAWAYO - A Zimbabwe National Statistics Agency (ZIMSTART) contract worker in Bulawayo has been banned by the Central Intelligence Organization from entering Magnet House, the CIOs provincial headquarters which is also where ZIMSTARTs offices are located.

The name of the contract worker (name supplied) was recently banned from entering her employers offices at Magnet house after the state security agency accused her of being once an employee of Bulawayo Agenda, a Bulawayo-based civic organization perceived to be anti-government by the state security agency.

Highly placed sources at ZIMSTART offices in Bulawayo told The Zimbabwean that the worker, one of a group of contract enumerators hired by the Agency to conduct a demographic health survey in September last year, is now conducting her business in the streets after she was barred from visiting her office.

The CIO recently summoned one Ngwenya, ZIMSTART provincial head for Bulawayo and told him that the enumerator was a security threat at the premises because she once worked for an organization hostile to the government. After that ZIMSTART was in a quandary because the enumerator had a running contract with the agency. The enumerator now spends most of her time in park when she is not in the field, said a ZIMSTART source, who refused to be named for fear of victimization.

The Zimbabwe Demographic and Health Survey is carried out after every five years to update Ministry of Health data on health issues such as HIV and sexual reproduction health. Both ZIMSTART officials and CIO could not be reached for comment.

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