SENIOR state security agents in Mashonaland West have started re-orientation lectures in preparation for a presidential election run-off later this month.
Sources told the Zimbabwe Independent that the lectures kicked-off last Friday.
â€œThe lectures started on Friday and are being attended by senior police officers from the rank of assistant inspector and other senior security agents,â€ one of the sources said.
The source added that most of the agents are former freedom fighters and have been in the police, army and prison service for long.
â€œThe programme is being run by a retired assistant commissioner who has been on a roadshow carrying out the same re-orientation programme throughout the province,â€ the sources added.
The retired assistant commissioner reportedly told the security agents that if the MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai wins the election run-off against President Robert Mugabe they would lose their jobs and luxury cars.
â€œThe assistant commissioner told them that they are going to lose their jobs if Tsvangirai wins and they will have to re-apply and wait for the new government to invite them back into the force,â€ the sources added.
As part of the re-orientation exercise, the retired police officer is reportedly using a document purportedly authored by the MDC secretary-general, Tendai Biti, and published in the public media to claim that the opposition party wanted to surrender control of the security forces to white people.
The state media was last week forced to retract the article after Biti, through his lawyers, threatened to take legal action against them. â€” Staff Writer.