THE board of the local chapter of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (Misa) met on Monday to discuss allegations that one of its officials is a mem
ber of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), board chairman Thomas Deve confirmed yesterday.
Deve said the issue came up during an induction meeting for new board members.
Apart from claiming mid this month that the top Misa official was an intelligence operative, a local news website, NewZimbabwe.com, also alleged that the media organisation’s member “is very close” to President Robert Mugabe’s press secretary George Charamba, a relationship said to have begun during their days at the University of Zimbabwe.
In an interview yesterday, Deve said: “We discussed how to respond to the allegation. Since the source of the allegation did not name the official, we agreed that for now there is no need to respond to the allegation.”
Deve refused to answer other questions regarding the meeting saying issues discussed were confidential until approved by board members.
“It was an induction meeting for new board members. I cannot comment because our minutes are confidential until we pass them as a correct record at our next board meeting,” Deve said.
On claims that he was asked to step down during that meeting, Deve said: “There is nothing like that, there was nothing like that.”
Misa is a media freedom advocacy organisation with chapters in 11 southern African countries including South Africa, Namibia and Zambia.