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
BULAWAYO MHLAHLANDLELA BUILDING,
119 TENTH AVE EXTENSION CITY CENTRE
CHINHOYI COMPENSATION HOUSE
CHIREDZI 18 COMPENSATION HOUSE,
366 MOPANI DRIVE
CHIVHU 274 YORK ST
GOKWE GOVT COMPLEX
GWERU 349 DEVELOPMENT HOUSE SEVENTH ST
GWERU 1ST FLOOR CONNEX BUILDING
GWERU 6066 GOVT COMPLEX
GWERU OFFICE 6
HARARE SIRDC TECHNOLOGY CENTRE ALPES ROAD,
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
LUPANE 280 COMMUNAL LANDS
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
NYIKA BIKITA PUBLIC SERVIC
PLUMTREE 4 DINGUMUZI ROAD
RUSAPE NYABADZA AVE
RUTENGA JJ A5 NRZ HOUSE
VICTORIA FALLS 245 KINGS WAY LOW DENSITY
ZVISHAVANE CIO OFFICE GOVT COMPLEX
– SW Radio AfricaPost published in: News