News 24, A South Africa news website has reported that one of President Robert Mugabe’s former body guards has claimed that the 91-year-old leader was worse than colonial ruler Ian Smith.
“He is now worse than the Smith regime and he is against his people,” South African-born Chinoto Zulu said in Harare.
He was speaking at an event commemorating the United Nations (UN) International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances. Zulu is a former army chief and worked as Mugabe’s personal bodyguard for several years after independence before retiring.
He blamed the government for the disappearance of human rights activist Itai Dzamara.
“We know very well the State is behind Dzamara disappearance. This is an evil regime, as I speak, I also have been put under surveillance by Mugabe spy agents. They have also grabbed all my property I acquired during my time in government,” said Zulu, who is also veteran of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle.
Meanwhile, In April this year, Central Intelligence Organisation sources revealed to a UK-based newspaper, The Zimbabwean, that their officers, together with the army, were responsible for the disappearance of Itai Dzamara, a journalist and civil rights activist who was abducted on March 9 this year.
Dzamara, sources say was initially snatched by CIO officers from Glen View where he was having a haircut and taken to Goromonzi, the site of a CIO base where scores of opposition supporters and individuals deemed to be a threat by the Zanu (PF) government have been detained, tortured and sometimes killed.
The government inherited the detention centre from colonial Rhodesia, which used it to persecute freedom fighters and those helping them.
“Initially, he was taken because they wanted to interrogate him about a demonstration he was planning for Africa Unity Square,” said the source.
A month later, in May this year, another UK-based news website, The Telescope, reported that a defected security operative, who left the country that same month, and is now in Namibia, said Dzamara’s life has been spared following the attention, pressure and international condemnation, President Robert Mugabe’s government, has faced over his abduction.
The paper reported that it had gathered that Dzamara’s health is not in good shape, and that he had not received medical attention at all when the paper first published its report.
Dzamara had started a campaign dubbed Occupy Africa Unity Square, aimed at forcing Mugabe to call it a day, but was viciously thwarted by suspected security and military agents, who are believed to have caused his disappearance, in a pre-emptive bid to foil Zimbabweans from the movement, which authorities feared could mimic the Arab Spring.