Radio publishes names of 'CIO agents'

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    The radio station, which broadcasts to Zimbabwe on short wave, posted a list of 83 names on its website and promised to release more names every Thursday for the next six weeks.

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    CIO director general Happyton Bonyongwe appeared sixth on the alphabet-organised list released on Thursday.

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    The radio station offered no justification for the move which analysts say has no precedence anywhere in the world.

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    Writing a week before the disclosures, SW Radio Africa reporter Lance Guma said: “For years, agents working for the CIO have relied on their secret identities to carry out abductions, torture and the murder of opposition activists.

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    “But recently, SW Radio Africa received a document, leaked in 2001, containing a list of CIO agents at the time.”

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    Guma said it was “expected that a number of the people on the list may have retired or passed away”, adding: “Agents recruited after 2001 may not be found on the list but there will be many who are still serving.”

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    We could not independently verify the authenticity of the list last night, described by SW Radio Africa as an “Internal Directory of the President’s Office”.