Tsvangirai fears Highlands home bugged

HARARE - Opposition  leader Morgan Tsvangirai fears his Highlands mansion has been bugged following last month’s raid by the assistant sheriff of the High Court and police officers in an attempt to seize property.

The Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), never comments on operational intelligence matters.

The former prime minister told the Daily News on Sunday in an exclusive interview at his Harvest House offices on Friday that he feared police and the intelligence were eavesdropping on his conversations after allegedly installing recording devices in particular parts of the house.

The long-time opposition leader said the developments over the past few weeks were surprising and that he was looking to pay a specialist security firm to “sweep” for electronic recording devices after credible fears that his house had been compromised.

“We are checking on that,” Tsvangirai told the Daily News on Sunday, speaking on the alleged intrusive surveillance.

“There are various motives, some security; I have to make sure that the place is swept. I believe that there are some security breaches that took place.”

Tsvangirai said he was bringing the security company to check if there were any small video cameras and microphones installed.

An assistant sheriff of the Harare High Court backed by riot police swooped on the Tsvangirai family home in a mid-morning raid a fortnight ago.

Officers said the arrests were linked to the labour dispute Tsvangirai’s party had with 13 former MDC workers and the sheriff had also been instructed by High Court Judge Priscilla Chigumba to attach Tsvangirai’s second house in Harare’s Strathaven suburb.

Tsvangirai said he was surprised when the team insisted on proceeding to enter his home and attach property even after they had been shown a stay of seizure document showing that he was never part of any labour dispute with the former workers.

“What do you hire the riot police for? And the man, the deputy sheriff, refused to accept even the court judgment, the stay of execution. So why go all the way?

“Riot police have no right to accompany the assistant sheriff, as if there was any resistance,” the 63-year-old former trade unionist said.

“All I can conclude is that this was an attempt to humiliate me and what they would have wanted is for me to leave whatever I was doing to come and attend to it,” Tsvangirai said.

“And I knew that all this was just political hot air which had nothing to do with the law. And I cannot be responsible for the omissions of MDC. Although I am president, I know that we are very much legally-bound to settle some of our liabilities, we have to clear.”

He claimed the authorities used the case as a smokescreen to gain access to his house, bug it and also embarrass him.

“We had a labour dispute at the MDC, which has long been resolved,” Tsvangirai told the Daily News On Sunday.

“The people who took us to court had actually been paid. We have just established the fact that they had actually been paid.

“But in spite of that explanation, they found it necessary to bring on tow, riot police, media, CIO, all to come to my house. What was it?” Tsvangirai asked rhetorically.

“That’s why I say its mischief, it’s political. It’s mischief meant to humiliate me. Besides, on a matter of legal process, the fact that I am the president of the MDC does not mean that every employee employed (by the MDC) I am liable for them. The MDC is a persona on itself, so must be able to deal with its own assets and liabilities; it’s responsible for that.

Intelligence sources have spoken privately of a swathe of new security measures, including tighter monitoring of Zimbabweans’ communications and online activity.

Comments (19)

While commenting on the break in at Morgan .s residence by former Border Gezi recruits who are now working as CIO for zanu we correctly pointed out that these thugs were on a spying mission nothing else . The good thing is their bag of tricks is now empty hence everything they do is easily exposed . Should the private security specialist discover something please make it public that is the way to shame the devil . Come 2018 siyanqoba noma kanjani .

Diibulaanyika - 16 August 2015

Morgan Tsvangirai is still a national joke. Anybody who may want to spy on him may be looking for a Archbishop Pius Ncube a moment (Squeeking Mattresses) Most people know that Tsvangirai is mentally limited (vacuum brained) who is not worth listening to.

Musarashana Godwin Mabunda - 16 August 2015

I don`t think the CIOs has any appetite for monitoring Masamba`s rant on the internet. They have enough of a threat within their crumbling Zanu-PF to take care of. Chinondinakidza ndechokuti tasvika zwino panguva iyeiye yokutaurirana chokwadi fair fair. Nobody (no matter how powerful he/she is) cannot reverse the tide. Its simply unstoppable.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 16 August 2015

This is no news at all- just someone who is trying desperately to bring himself into the limelight! Why don't you bring in the specialiasts to clean the place up without talking about the issue in public? In any case, that house is public property, which can undergo measures at any time to improve its security. If you do not want anyone coming over to the place, the doors are wide open for you to leave and go back to private accommodation at your house!

ian - 16 August 2015

Well you cio have been exposed and you want your dirty works to be swept under carpet , Guys you are a disgrace to this nation ,We have some idiots trying to tell us that Morgan has lost his mojo but when he calls for a rally anywhere in the country stadiums are fully packed by people who are not bused .You did it to the best Bishop Ncube by creating fake videos but now you are discovered and out smarted bcoz your methods are old fashioned and barbaric your evil ways must be made very public so that you can be embarassesd ,

Diibulaanyika - 16 August 2015

But we advised MT about this on several months ago on Facebook without notice. And even advised him to leave that house for his old one in Strathaven, but in vain. The truth is that the CIO can come disguised as plumbers, electricians, building maintenance teams from the ministry of housing or City of Harare - just to have access to install and maintain their surveillance equipment which they can then monitor remotely. They are spying on you MT.

Clifford C Mashiri - 17 August 2015

Make sure the security firm you hire is an independent and professional entity, not infiltrated or run by the CIO themselves. Better hire from across the border. Havaiti vanhu ava!!!!

Tsholofelo - 17 August 2015

The private company you want to sweep is actually coming to install more to monitor you . There is nowhere to hide from Zanu PF . You are in a Zanu pf house , town , country . Do not do illegal things and you are safe . You are telling them that you have things to hide and think you can hide from them . Tsvangson unonetsa nekurara . Zanu is everywhere including in you after all even you are Zanu pf .

Hayibo ! - 17 August 2015

dah! is the pope catholic?

Galore 123 - 17 August 2015

hahahaha at SADC chairmanship handover ceremony in Gaborone earlier today Mugabe was trying to embarrass Khama by discrediting him because of his mixed race what what and showering all praise to Khama senior (his father), never said anything good about Ian Khama but only showering praises to his father.......then came Ian Khama on the podium, the ladies and gentleman started clapping hands ne mhururu and guess what Khama says? Sarcastically says....."All these guys clapping and whistling are my ministers trying to keep their jobs, it's also known as BOOTLICKING" I laughed my lungs out today, he got him. Mugabe suddenly looked pale. Mugabe is a disgrace to Zim, whilst all the other leaders were talking about the developments in their countries, Mugabe narrated the Botswana history in his speech. That's 91 year old Mugabe for you!!

misty - 17 August 2015

The Chinese have reported that their agents have monitored radioactive logs floating down the sewers near the BLUE HOUSE. Their Geiger counters show that these logs were dropped at the RGM Mansion. RGM is known to have radioactive gonads from his prostate cancer treatment.

Magna Mudyiwa - 17 August 2015

Tsangirayi Morgan,you married a Zanu Pf daughter and eat that .

popo - 17 August 2015

MT you are allways like that,your life will never change,you are ever a failure from day 1,remember 2008,when Mdc won,you went to botswana instead of state hse,agreed to form Unity gvt which strengthened Zpf....and ministers never respected you,once fell in love with a cio woman,married a Delila and lost your forcus (eyes),partcipated 2013 elections when you knew MDC party was not ready.Poor Samson.M.R.Tsvangirai,a fool who give the nation a false hope.

james dambara - 17 August 2015

Morgan must leave that GVT house. It compromise him when dealing with Zanu pf in all fronts. Morgan cannot afford another Ben Menashe saga.

X-MAN IV - 17 August 2015

Morgan , dont talk too much just sweep ur house quitely like most of us do

Gore redzidzo - 18 August 2015

Varume musadherere Zanu PF, chikwapuro. Tsvangirai mwana mudiki uyo. MT is pure Zanu P. F, he donated 21 MDC sits that he had to Mugabe...chii ichocho? I even crossed the floor with those sits he donated nekuti haabatsiri...anofarisa kunge huku. Paya akasaina futi GNU. Pamberi neZanu PF...

Sanjay - 18 August 2015

If you read some comments here clearly you see why zimbabwe is where we are .We are talking about the country that is on its knees then you have someone blaming Morgan for saying what is on ground . But as we all know these are CIOs pretending to be genuine commentetors . Surely any one who never agrees with

Diibulaanyika - 18 August 2015

They can monitor all your online activities. Not mine. I take care of myself.

MkanyaGP - 19 August 2015

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