CIO offices, torture centres exposed countrywide

A list of the addresses of more than 76 offices and buildings from which the Central Intelligence Organisation works has been published. The list, dated 2008, was leaked to SW Radio Africa.

The justification for the exposure is that some of the buildings have been used to interrogate and torture abducted opposition activists. Hundreds of perceived Zanu (PF) opponents have been and continue to be abducted by CIO agents and taken to these offices to be tortured. In coming weeks we will continue to highlight the abuses that have been committed in some of these places.

In July SW Radio Africa and The Zimbabwean published a list from 2001, exposing by name some 480 CIO agents working in and outside Zimbabwe. This newer document, dated 2008, contains around 759 telephone extensions and 76 different offices and buildings. Analysts say the number of telephone extensions shows that the organisation has grown in size over the years.

In Marondera is Hurudza House which is found in First Street. MDC-T District Chairman Bakayimana and a youth organizer called Kainos were abducted on May 22 2008 and taken to this building.

Last year a remorseful Zanu (PF) militant confessed publicly at a bus terminus: “We tortured them at Hurudza House for weeks, before taking them to various secret locations. We wanted to use them as bait to lure Iain Kay (local MP) and Farai Nyandoro (local Mayor) to our killing grounds.”

Dressed in Zanu (PF) regalia the woman, known as Chikanya, also claimed she and CIO Deputy Intelligence Officer Farai Machekanyanga led a gang in the town that assassinated suspected MDC-T supporters and dumped their dead bodies in shallow graves and dams.

Chakanya added: “We even forced the captives to make distress phone calls for help from Kay and Nyandoro. When the plot failed, we had no option but to assassinate them and dump their corpses in Wenimbe dam. This is a ZANU (PF) tried and tested solution for dealing with betrayers, dating back to the liberation struggle,” she said. Chakanya was later also found dead in the Wenimbe dam.

On 67 Tenth Avenue in Bulawayo is Magnet House. The rightful owner of the building is the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) and its former military wing ZIPRA, but the Mugabe regime seized this and other properties during a crack down against the late Joshua Nkomo and his party. Magnet House has been used as the Bulawayo headquarters of the CIO for years.

Four Zanu (PF) youths were in 2004 abducted by CIO agents and taken to Magnet House for allegedly supporting a faction opposed to notorious war vets leader Jabulani Sibanda. The youths approached the late Vice President Joseph Msika at his home and narrated their torture ordeal. They removed their clothes to reveal serious injuries to their private parts and bruises over their bodies.

In March 2009 a man was thrown out of the 4th floor of Magnet House, at lunchtime. Huge crowds of shoppers converged on the scene as the man, identified as bank clerk Tawengwa Mavhunga, lay motionless.

The state owned Chronicle newspaper claimed Mavhunga lied to his mother that he had been abducted by the CIO when in fact he had slept at a girlfriend’s house. Our sources however said he was abducted after a clash with CIO officers making ‘dubious’ withdrawals from the bank where he worked. Mavhunga is thought to have asked too many questions about the transactions and become a target.

Curiously CIO agents are deployed at the Scientific and Industrial Research and Development Centre in Harare on Alpes Road, Hatcliffe. Our list shows 39 telephone extensions suggesting a large number of agents are probably deployed there. The SIRDC mission statement says the organisation is there “to provide Zimbabwe and the region with technological solutions for sustainable development.”

The strangest deployment has to be in Harare at the Furniture Discount Centre. A single phone number is listed there, begging the question, what would be of interest to the CIO at such a location?

The most notorious torture centre used by the CIO is found in Goromonzi and is conspicuously absent from the list. SW Radio Africa understands it’s a prison complex at Goromonzi Police Camp, 40 km east of Harare. Evidence from the testimony of abducted former ZBC TV news presenter Jestina Mukoko suggests that she might have been taken there.

SW Radio Africa believes the list of offices and buildings it has published might help shed some light on where some of these abuses are committed and remove some of the fear that this secretive organisation has created in the minds of all Zimbabweans.

CIO offices around Zimbabwe

BEITBRIDGE C I O OFFICES

BINDURA KALMIC BUILDING FIRST ST

BINDURA MYLTON BUILDING 71 FIRST ST

BINDURA KUVAKA HOUSE SECOND ST

BINDURA COMPENSATION HOUSE

BINGA DISTRICT ADMINISTRATOR'S OFFICE

BULAWAYO AIRPORT ROAD QUEENSDALE

BULAWAYO STATE HOUSE NORTH END

BULAWAYO MAGNET HOUSE 67 TENTH AVE

CITY CENTRE

BULAWAYO MHLAHLANDLELA BUILDING,

119 TENTH AVE EXTENSION CITY CENTRE

BULAWAYO ZRP

CHIMANIMANI ZRP

CHINHOYI COMPENSATION HOUSE

CHIPINGE

CHIREDZI 18 COMPENSATION HOUSE,

366 MOPANI DRIVE

CHIRUNDU NOCZIM

CHIRUNDU ZRP

CHIVHU 274 YORK ST

ESIGODINI ZRP

ESIGODINI 80

GOKWE GOVT COMPLEX

GURUVE 320

GUTU MVO

GWANDA 20

GWERU 349 DEVELOPMENT HOUSE SEVENTH ST

GWERU 1ST FLOOR CONNEX BUILDING

GWERU 6066 GOVT COMPLEX

GWERU OFFICE 6

HARARE SIRDC TECHNOLOGY CENTRE ALPES ROAD,

HATCLIFFE

HARARE THE ACCOUNTANT CIO OFFICE ROOM,

16 CENTRAL COURT CENTRAL AVE

HARARE STATE HOUSE 8 CHANCELLOR AVE

HARARE 168 CHINOYI ST

HARARE THE ACCOUNTANT

116 ENTERPRISE ROAD HIGHLANDS

HARARE CHAMINUKA BUILDING FOURTH ST

HARARE OLD MUTUAL CENTRE J MOYO AVE

HARARE CIO OFFICE ZRP COMPLEX K KAUNDA AVE

HARARE 9TH FLOOR CLUB CHAMBERS, N MANDELA AVE

HARARE KAGUVI BUILDING N MANDELA AVE

HARARE KURIMA HOUSE N MANDELA AVE

HARARE ATLAS HOUSE 62 R MUGABE ROAD

HARARE HARDWICKE HOUSE 76 S MACHEL AVE

HARARE MUNHUMUTAPA BUILDING, S MACHEL AVE

HARARE 717 OLD RESERVE BANK BUILDING, S MACHEL AVE

HARARE FURNITURE DISCOUNT CENTRE

HARARE GOVERNMENT VILLAS 63 GUNHILL

HARARE OFFICE 2 SHOPPING CENTRE STRATHAVEN

HARARE CIO OFFICE CHARLES PRINCE AIRPORT

HARARE OFFICE HATCLIFFE

HWANGE 2ND FLOOR COMPENSATION HOUSE, MUKWA DRIVE BAOBAB HILL

HWANGE 11 P C I O MAT ZRP ZRP

JERERA HOUSE 366

KADOMA CIO OFFICE OLD PRISON COMPLEX

KARIBA ZRP

KARIBA SIAKOBVU

KAROI 605

KEZI

KWEKWE 1018A

LUPANE 280 COMMUNAL LANDS

MAKUTI

MARONDERA HURUDZA HOUSE FIRST ST

MASVINGO 10153 LUNDI STAR DRIVE RHODENE

MATAGA DA'S REST CAMP

MATAGA 3 MUNDI MATAGA DAM

MT DARWIN 30 CAMPERDOWN ROAD

MT DARWIN ZRP

MT DARWIN DA'S COMPLEX MUKUMBURA B/POST

MUTARE CIO OFFICE

NKAYI

NYANGA

NYIKA BIKITA PUBLIC SERVIC

PLUMTREE 4 DINGUMUZI ROAD

RUSAPE NYABADZA AVE

RUSAPE ZRP

RUTENGA JJ A5 NRZ HOUSE

TSHOLOTSHO ZRP

VICTORIA FALLS 245 KINGS WAY LOW DENSITY

ZVISHAVANE CIO OFFICE GOVT COMPLEX

– SW Radio Africa

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