Chamisa to turn CIO from terror tool into an investment arm

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MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa says if he wins the upcoming election, citizens will enjoy roadblock free driving along the country’s roads which will be monitored through cameras while the CIO will become a tool to mobilise investment.

Addressing hundreds of his party supporters at Chinotimba Stadium in Victoria Falls, Chamisa said he will transform the Central Intelligence Organisation from being a political organ used to intimidate opposition political players into an investment arm.

Chamisa’s call follows purging of the police force which was accused of corruption by the army backed new political administration of President Mnangagwa which came into power in November last year.

“The police should not be partisan; in my government, the country will not have roadblocks. Our roads will have digital cameras for those committing crimes.

“As for the CIO, we will reorient the organization not to follow political players. The CIO will focus on economic intelligence where they will go to the international world and get ideas on how the country can be prosperous,” said Chamisa.

He said if he wins election, he will make sure the public sector workers are paid more than their counterparts in the private sector.

Chamisa promised to reduce the size of cabinet ministers and members of Parliament, saying he will also decentralise Parliament to Gweru.

Harare will be a commercial capital while Bulawayo will become and industrial capital and Victoria Falls for tourism.

He reiterated his plans to transform Victoria Falls into Zimbabwe’s Las Vegas and also to further expand the Victoria Falls International Airport.

Chamisa claimed he had been misunderstood on the bullet trains which he has promised to introduce, and said his idea was to have fast trains that can go round the country and promote domestic tourism.

He promised to devolve power to provinces and also make sure all government services are decentralised to provinces while citizens will also have access services online.

There was whistling and ululation from the crowd when Chamisa promised to decentralise registry and passport offices to districts.

Provinces such as Matabeleland North have over the years complained about centralisation of government service where they have to travel to Bulawayo or Harare to apply for documents such as emergency passports.

The Lupane provincial passport office opened recently.

Chamisa also said he will push for the renaming of the country’s regions.