New CIO boss: Mnangagwa appoints diplomat as intelligence chief

By: 
Denis Gwenzi
Source: 
Own Correspondent

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has picked a diplomat to head the country’s spy agency.

Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa and Lesotho ambassador Isaac Moyo was appointed director general of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) on Thursday.

He takes up the post with immediate effect in a development announced by chief secretary to the president and cabinet Misheck Sibanda.

Before moving to South Africa in September 2014 as Zimbabwe’s top diplomat, Ambassador Moyo was based in Addis Ababa as executive secretary of the African Union committee of intelligence and security service in Africa.

He takes over the CIO job from Retired Major General Happyton Bonyongwe who was appointed Justice Minister in October by former President Robert Mugabe.

Bonyongwe however, lost the cabinet job last month after being fired by new president Mnangagwa who named a new cabinet after Mugabe was forced to resign by the military.

CIO deputy director-general Aaron Nhepera has been acting chief spy following Bonyongwe’s elevation to cabinet. 

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