CENTRAL Intelligence Organisation (CIO) deputy director- internal, Elias Kanengoni has died.
Top CIO officials said Kanengoni was rushed to West End Hospital on Wednesday evening after collapsing upon arrival at his farm in Concession.
He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. “Kanengoni had gone to his farm to take a rest after undergoing some physiotherapy in the afternoon. He was complaining of a severe back ache,” said a top CIO official. However, when contacted for comment, Information and Publicity minister Webster Shamu said he would only comment after getting a briefing on what transpired.
“I am on my way from Chinhoyi and I will get the briefing once I am in Harare,” Shamu said. “I cannot comment before I am informed of what happened.”
Kanengoni together with another CIO operative, Kizito Chivamba, was convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to seven years in prison after he shot the late Gweru mayor Patrick Kombayi on March 24, 1990 in an assassination attempt just three days before general elections.
Kombayi was contesting the Gweru urban seat against the late vice–president Simon Muzenda.
Kombayi, who at the time was National Organising Secretary of the Zimbabwe Unity Movement (Zum) led by the late Edgar Tekere, survived the shooting.
Kanengoni and Chivamba were later pardoned by President Robert Mugabe.
According to sources in Zanu PF, at the time of his death Kanengoni had expressed interest in contesting the imminent general electionsa key ingredient in complying with democratic benchmarks.”.