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FIREBRAND Progressive Teachers’ Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary general, Raymond Majongwe has scoffed at reports that the country’s intelligence has been snooping at the local NGOs and the media, saying his militant teachers group was also spying own spy activity on the CIO.

“We have nothing to hide,” said the firebrand trade unionist in interviews with NewZimbabwe.com at the weekend.

“We are also carrying out our own intelligence surveillance into every entity in Zimbabwe we are monitoring everything that Zanu PF is doing, everything that the MDC is doing, everything that the CIO is doing, what (Prophet Emmanuel) Makandiwa is doing.

“We are carrying out intelligence escapades in every entity because we have an interest we cannot have people meddling into our affairs when we are not meddling in theirs.

“But as far as we are concerned any organisation that does not have intelligence processes over any other entity does not deserve to exist.”

South African espionage secrets leaked to the Doha-headquartered global news network Al-Jazeera, and British newspaper The Guardian have linked the CIO to a spy network involving South African intelligence and targeting supposedly “subversive” NGOs and media organisations.

But Majongwe said his organisation which has had constant clashes with government over poor wages and the harassment of teachers by the State, was not new to being spied on.

“We have been under CIO surveillance since the formation of the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe,” he said.

“We have CIOs working in the organisation, deploying people in the organisation and recruiting people from the organisation.

“I am not fighting Mugabe l am fighting injustice, l am fighting the issues where people think they must control Zimbabwe forever.”

Majongwe said there was nothing new about NGOs being spied on, saying this was not unique to Zimbabwe.

“The issue of intelligence interference in organisations, churches is not new,” he said.

“The thing is that they (CIO) are doing it for selfish reasons they are doing it to eavesdrop, they are doing it to punish, they are doing it to tarnish, they are doing it to destroy.”

Source : New Zimbabwe