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Ex-CIO Boss Happyton Bonyongwe urged to write a book

by Mandla Ndlovu
23 Mar 2020 at 12:02hrs | Views
Former Director General of the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation Happyton Bonyongwe has been urged to write a tell all book that will expose the real story of Zimbabwe's history since his assumption to power in 2002.

Human Rights activists Pedzisayi Ruhanya said, "Former CIO Director General Retired Major General Happyton Bonyongwe the soldier with close to 20 years of running Zimbabwe's dreaded spy agency has not opened his mouth since the fall of Mugabe yet he has it ALL. Zimbabwe history is waiting for real story."

Political analyst Kelvin Mazhandu told this reporter that while it si important for former spies to detail their history it might be impossible for Bonyongwe because of the Official Secrets Act.

"It is a norm that former spies usually write their biographies and detail the assignments that were done under their watch," Mazhandu said. "The problem we might have with Bonyongwe is that Zimbabwe has laws that do not permit certain information to be shared with unofficial people. Up to date people like Mutasa, Mujuru and others have never revealed  intricate details relating to statecraft because of the laws of the land."

The Official Secrets Act, promulgated in 1970, prohibits the disclosure of any information to an enemy, which prejudices the security and interests of Zimbabwe.

Before joining the government, Bonyongwe worked as a lawyer at the Atherstone & Cook Legal Practitioners law firm. Bonyongwe was a member of the Zimbabwe National Army and between 1981 and 1999. He left the ZNA with the rank of Brigadier General. In 2002, he succeeded Elisha Muzonzini as the Director-General of the Central Intelligence Agency. On 9 October he replaced Emmerson Mnangagwa as the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs.As, the head of the CIO, he used to report directly to the former president Robert Mugabe, without going through Minister for State Security Kembo Mohadi

According to Wikileaks, In 2008 the late President Robert Mugabe suspended most CIO provincial heads and  Bonyongwe on suspicion of sympathy with the then presidential aspirant Simba Makoni.

Source - Byo24News