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ZANU-PF employees stationed at the party’s national headquarters in Harare are living in terror as security details from the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) have been frequenting their offices carrying random searches and asking them numerous questions, The Zimbabwe Mail can reveal.

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Party workers who spoke on conditions they cannot be named said about three different groups of men identifying themselves as coming from ‘the president’s office’ and brandishing IDs consistent with that office have visited the towering headquarters this month alone.

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They ransacked offices, going through stalked and computer files, sources there said. Although it was unclear what they have been looking for, they are understood to have been unleashed there as part of the ongoing ruthless purge of former Vice President Joice Mujuru who was fired from both his party and government positions on trumped up charges of wanting to topple President Robert Mugabe from power by unconstitutional means, even assassination.

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The last batch of the state security agents, sources said, was visited their offices on February 12 and patrolled several offices. One employee said they proceeded to the offices if the Voice of the People, a weekly party propaganda mouthpiece and demanded access to stories that were being done by reporters.

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“They also demanded to know what they did with all stories that would have been deemed unfit for publication and even insisted that they should be shown the shredding machine used to destroy print runs, which is unavailable,” a source told The Zimbabwe Mail.

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Workers at the headquarters said many, especially top management most of whom was recruited during the long tenure of disgraced former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa – thought to be the lynchpin of the Mujuru camp – are living on borrowed time.

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Those targeted for firing include Director of Administration, Dickson Dzora and former army chief, Henry Muchena.

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“The axe is hanging over their heads. Any time from now they can go,” another source said. This comes as the ZANU-PF Politburo – its top decision making organ – okayed new secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo’s plan to shake up things at the headquarters.

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Mugabe has previously said there was need to relook the party’s workforce as many workers were brought through the back door and do not have proper designations. Mutasa is alleged to have stolen important documents when he vacated office, claims he has since rubbished.

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