Warrant of arrest issued for notorious CIO thug

HARARE – A warrant of arrest for the fugitive Joseph Mwale, the reclusive CIO operative accused of masterminding the gruesome murder of MDC activists in Buhera during the run-up to the 2000 parliamentary election has been issued.

Co-Home Affairs Minister Giles Mutsekwa said: “We have directed that all people with criminal cases should be arrested, Joseph Mwale included.”

He said he was confident Mwale’s freedom will now come to an end and he will, at long last, face justice.  The fugitive CIO is believed to be hiding in Nyanga.

Mwale has eluded justice despite a High Court order to have him arrested and charged with the gruesome murder in broad daylight of MDC activists, Tichaona Chiminya and Talent Mabika at Murambinda Growth Point in 2000.

Chiminya, then an aide to Morgan Tsvangirai, the MDC leader and Mabika, a youth activist, were petrol-bombed in their vehicle while campaigning for the party ahead of the 2000 parliamentary elections.

Mwale and three Zanu-PF activists, including one Kainos Kitsiyatota Zimunya, were immediately identified as the perpetrators of the brutal attack that shocked Zimbabwe. They have, however, remained out of custody on bail and the case has never proceeded.

Mwale, a CIO operative who is the alleged mastermind of the murders, has remained virtually untouched and appears to enjoy immunity from arrest and prosecution.

Mwale’s whereabouts have also remained a closely guarded secret although Mutsekwa said he was believed to be staying in Nyanga. Early this year Mutsekwa, the MP for Dangamvura and Chikanga, said Mwale’s “honeymoon should now come to an end”.

Mutsekwa shares the powerful home affairs ministry with Zanu-PF’s Kembo Mohadi. The police force falls under the ministry.