CIO deputy director dies in car crash

TOP State security agent, Nixon Chirinda, has died. Chirinda, who was deputy director (special projects and non-traditional threats) in the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO), reportedly died on the spot when his Toyota Land Cruiser truck collided with a haulage truck in Chinhoyi along the Harare-Chirundu Highway on Saturday.


He was 58.

National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba confirmed the accident yesterday.

“I can confirm he (Chirinda) has died. He was involved in an accident with a haulage truck on Saturday night in Chinhoyi. It is suspected he was driving from Harare to his farm in Karoi when the accident occurred at around 11:30pm,” Charamba said.

Preliminary investigations indicated that the haulage truck pulled into the highway without giving way to Chirinda’s vehicle, leading to the collision.

“Personally, I am devastated. He was my uncle and only a couple of weeks ago, he hosted us at his farm when we were coming from the funeral of a colleague,” Charamba said.

She urged motorists to be alert and cautious, saying accidents caused unnecessary loss of lives.

Apart from his profession, Chirinda was a successful farmer in Mashonaland West province.

Chirinda once worked as a provincial intelligence officer in Mashonaland West before he was promoted and moved to Harare.

Sources at the funeral said top CIO officials were already lobbying government to declare him a national hero.
Mourners are gathered at his house in Orange Groove, Chinhoyi.



  1. It’s a business of relatives, you cannot have a top post if you don’t have a influential relative.

    1. There will be a lot of very happy people now, lets hope that more like him get killed

  2. Was the farm given to him, was the previous owner forcibly removed or was it in the family? Where did he get the money to buy that expensive Land cruiser? He was obviously part of the Harare fat-cat team who would be at the front of the forex queue.

  3. thats terrible, anyway happy new year !!

  4. Maybe he was speeding. Very sad indeed.

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  7. I hope more ruthless CIO agents meet the same fate.Good riddance !!

  8. Tendai Joseph Mabvure

    So sad, Hey. Pained. May the peace of God garrison the hearts of all loved ones left behind. May they be strengthened in the name of our soon coming LORD Jesus Christ.

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