Zimbabwe names diplomat Isaac Moyo as top spy

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HARARE, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Zimbabwe has named a former
diplomat as the head of its intelligence agency, state-owned
newspaper The Herald said on Saturday.

Isaac Moyo, who was serving as an ambassador to neighbouring
South Africa and Lesotho, replaces retired army general Happyton
Bonyongwe, the paper quoted chief secretary to the president,
Misheck Sibanda, as saying.

No one was immediately available to comment in President
Emmerson Mnangagwa’s office. The Herald is a mouthpiece for the
government.

Moyo takes over a domestic spy network, the Central
Intelligence Organisation, that permeates every institution and
section of society and has been used by former President Robert
Mugabe to stay in power.

He has served as a member of the African Union’s Committee
of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA),
intelligence provider to the union’s 55 states.

Mnangagwa, who was sworn in two weeks ago in the wake of the
de facto military coup that ended Mugabe’s 37-year rule, has
been ringing in changes in his administration including
appointing leading military officials to top posts in his
cabinet.