Top CIO official linked to Grace laid to rest

HARARE – The late assistant director of the Central Intelligence Organisation, Innocent Chibaya, has been described as a principled man whose death has robbed the nation of a dedicated cadre. Sources said he was a close ally and relative of the First Lady Grace Mugabe.

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The Minister of State Security in the President’s Office, Kembo Mohadi, who spoke during the burial at Nharira in Chivhu, says the late Chibaya left a void that will be difficult to fill.

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Family spokesperson, Fulton Chibaya, says the late was a philanthropist by nature, paying tuition fees for various relatives and assisting wholeheartedly when the need arose.

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The late Chibaya was born on the 19th of November 1961 in Chikomba district, Mashonaland district.

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In November 1978, he and other Ordinary Level graduates at St Francis of Assisi were requested to join the colonial regime as soldiers.

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Chibaya refused to join the settler army, instead joining the liberation struggle as a war collaborator.

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He was detained, escaped and received military training in the front at Musikavanhu Sector in 1979.

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Chibaya, who joined the Zimbabwe National Army in 1981, then joined the President’s Department and with his wish to safeguard the gains of Zimbabwe’s independence.

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Chibaya rose through the ranks up to the post of Assistant Director, a position he held until the time of his demise.

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In January 2005 it was reported that Chibaya, then chief of the CIO in Matabeleland, was transferred to Mutare by the late Vice President Joseph Msika. Chibaya and the head of police in Bulawayo, Charles Mufandaidze, were accused of torturing ZANU PF youths who were arrested for supporting a ZANU PF faction opposed to notorious war vets leader Jabulani Sibanda.

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Four of the ZANU PF youths approached Msika at his home and narrated their torture ordeal at the hands of Chibaya and his fellow CIO agents. Mandlenkosi Sibanda, Tisunge Botomani, Nkosinathi Gama and Mandlenkosi Luphahla, all removed their clothes to reveal serious injuries to their private parts and bruises all over their bodies.

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Even in Manicaland where he was later transferred as the head of the CIO, Chibaya was known as a notorious operative.

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In May 2007 it was reported that Chibaya and Denford Masiya, a senior intelligence agent in Rusape, were meant to stand trial on charges of intimidating witnesses into withdrawing violence charges against supporters of the then State Security Minister Didymus Mutasa. The case was later swept under the carpet.

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