The former DG of the domestic spy agency was Happyton Bonyongwe who was briefly the previous justice minister under former president Robert Mugabe.
The CIO has enormous powers and it operates from the presidential budget which is never audited. Statistics and details of the size and pay scales of the CIO are almost impossible to verify.
Mnangagwa also appointed a few new senior civil servants and reshuffled others around the 21 ministries.
He has also instructed that soldiers will be deployed to the Beit Bridge Border Post over the festive season in an attempt to reduce “criminal activities”.
Following last month’s coup d’etat and even after Mnangagwa’s inauguration as president, appointment of a new cabinet and police back on duty, there are still some soldiers on duty around key points in Harare.
Independent Foreign Service