A leaked security document has shown that the State security establishment is reportedly planning to track and attack perceived opponents of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.
The document reveals that those targeted are local and foreign-based journalists, ex-security officers, ex-Zanu PF and opposition politicians.
The document is based on the minutes of a Joint Operations Command (JOC) meeting held on 10 August this year.
It was compiled on August 20 and copied to directors of the Zimbabwe Military Intel Corps (MIC), Air Force of Zimbabwe Intelligent Corps, Police Intelligence and Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZCPS) Intel.
The document discloses the names of individuals who were under constant surveillance for allegedly working against and sabotaging the government. Top on the list of these people the document placed Simba Chikanza of ZimEye.com at the top of the list.
The minutes showed that the meeting resolved that all those who spread hate-speech and anti-government statements communicating violence by the government like ZimbabweanLivesMatter and ZanuPFMustGo hashtags should be tracked down and arrested.
The meeting noted the “successful” arrests of journalist Hopewell Chin’ono and opposition Transform Zimbabwe leader Jacob Ngarivhume.
Some of the listed individuals identified as the peddlers of misinformation about the country include, among others, ex-Central Intelligence Organisation member Philip Nyevero, who is accused of releasing official secrets, Shepherd Yuda ex-ZPCS member, former Zanu PF youth leader Jim Kunaka, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions president Peter Mutasa and ex-military member Albert Matapo.
Ex-Zanu PF youth commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu, Tajamuka’s Promise Mkwananzi, journalists Edmund Kudzayi, Mduduzi Mathuthu, Lance Guma as well as Kelvin Sikhosana a member of the Special Air Service and MDC Alliance’s Stephen Sarkozy Chuma are also on the list.