The armed officers have already been deployed with reports that Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora had refused to take the CIO on board claiming that he had his own aides.
The MDC is generally uncomfortable with CIO officers who harassed them while they were still in the opposition.
But another co-chairperson Paul Mangwana of Zanu (PF) has reportedly already accepted to move around with the CIO operative while the third co-chairman Edward Mkhosi is also expected to take on board his new bodyguard.
The President’s office decided to employ the dreaded CIO on the co-chairmen after Mwonzora was nearly manhandled by overzealous Zanu (PF) supporters in Mashonaland central recently.
The CIO officers have been deployed at a time when there are allegations that the spy organisation and the military are busy running around the country trying to manipulate the constitutional process in favour of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu (PF)
Zanu (PF) is campaigning for the adoption of the Kariba Draft Constitution while the MDC wants a people driven constitution.
Meanwhile the MDC-T aid an activist in their party was stabbed on Monday by Zanu (PF) supporters in Gokwe.
“An MDC activist, Tongai Ground is battling for his life at Gokwe hospital after he was stabbed by two Zanu (PF) youths on Monday at Gokwe Centre, Midlands North province,” the party said in a statement.
“ The Zanu (PF) youths, Siyaseni Chatemera and Tawanda Kukama stabbed Ground with a knife accusing him of causing their arrests in 2008. They were arrested for assaulting Ground during the run-up to the June 27 Presidential election run-off. The police have since launched a man-hunt for Chatemera and Kukama.”
The MDC said another activist Bond Odzi from Manicaland province was evicted from his house together with his family in Mutare North after he was accused by war veterans that he was ‘too vocal’ at a constitutional outreach meeting.
“In Odzi, Mutare North in Manicaland province, Bond Godzi and his family have been evicted from Shemara Farm by a self-styled war veteran, Lameck Kutsava on the grounds that Godzi was too vocal during the Constitution Parliamentary Select Committee (Copac) meeting held at Odzi Country Club last Thursday.”
The MDC also said a local traditional leader in Mwenezi, Chief Chitanga ordered the destruction of about 400 hectares of winter maize crop at Makume ranch, accusing the owners of being staunch MDC supporters.
“In Mwenezi, Masvingo province, Chief Chitanga has destroyed a 400 hectare winter maize crop at Makume Ranch accusing the owners of being strong MDC supporters. The crop was destroyed after Chief Chitanga, who is also a senator, drove cattle into the fields claiming that the 49 owners of the maize crop were MDC supporters,” the MDC said.
“The chief’s actions have left the local community in shock as the maize crop was reaching maturity stage.The chief was assisted by his aides and police special constabularies in destroying the maize crop.”