President Robert Mugabe on Thursday exposed the dreaded Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), saying the spies were planted everywhere anyone could think of including bars and public gatherings.
The exposé comes at a time Zanu PF is agitating for early polls this year, with or without a roadmap.
Speaking at the burial of the late CIO deputy director-general, Menard Livingstone Muzariri, the ageing leader said:
“Knowledge of the party doesn’t come from books, but from intelligence officers through observation, listening and even drinking in beerhalls and walking with them.”
The President said through the intelligence unit, Zanu PF was able to detect every move that “party sellouts” made and was well aware of their activities.
“We cannot only chant slogans without reality to it. What happens after chanting those slogans at your own home? Some run around to sell out and say what we would have discussed in meetings.
All who have eyes to see very far away and ears to hear far will give us all the information. They will tell us these are sellouts.”
He said there was need for unity in Zanu PF and urged members to desist from chanting empty slogans as they were being watched and would be identified and dealt with.
President Mugabe said being an intelligence supremo like Muzariri sometimes needed deception and easy laughter, but knowing deep down you were serious with your job.
“He was a humorous person who would always laugh, but was full of wisdom. His laughter was quite a deceptive sign, but deep down, behind that laughter was a sense of seriousness. He worked on very sensitive issues and had ears that heard more and eyes that saw more,” President Mugabe said.
President Mugabe bemoaned disunity in his party and castigated nepotism and tribalism.
“We want unity, purposeful unity, and then we move forward. If we give one person a position in the party he wants to give power to his own people. We say down with that.”
Turning to the illness that led to Muzariri’s death, Mugabe said governement had tried everything they could, including flying him to China for specialist treatment, but all that had failed.
“We tried to prolong his life by sending him to China but the disease was strong this time and it took him,” President Mugabe said.
“The day he died, I am told he went out of the house saying he wanted sunlight. He has been unwell for some time and was sent to China. Medical experts here gave us optimism that he would be well and well again,” Mugabe said.