Police seek to arrest former MDC security adviser
By Tererai Karimakwenda
It has been reported that heavily armed police raided the home of Simon
Spooner, the former MDC security adviser and campaign manager for Education
Minister David Coltart.
Spooner’s lawyer, Lizwe Jamila, reportedly said police were looking for
weapons of war and had come with both a search and arrest warrant. But
Spooner was not at home in Bulawayo’s Four Winds suburb at the time.
Our Bulawayo correspondent Lionel Saungweme said Spooner has been under
surveillance for several weeks, but did not know it. It is believed that one
of his domestic workers has been linked to the Central Intelligence
Saungweme said the CIO targeted Spooner because he is close to the MDC-T and
has helped with their campaigns. Spooner is also known to be close to party
President Morgan Tsvangirai.
Our correspondent was not able to contact Spooner, who is well known to
journalists in Bulawayo, having worked with Minister Coltart on his
campaign. Spooner was also one of the people falsely accused and jailed for
the murder of Bulawayo war vet leader Cain Nkala. Charges were later dropped
due to lack of evidence.
“The white community faces a lot of abuse in Zimbabwe. So there is a lot of
paranoia and a lot of fear these days. Spooner is not home and is not
answering his phone. His friends will not speak to the press,” Saungweme
He added that this is not the first time that state agents have raided
Spooner’s home or place of business. According to Saungweme, suspected CIOs
gained entry to his offices in 2009.
We were not able to contact Spooner himself or his lawyer, Lizwe Jamela.
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