Zimbabwe fires more than 30 police commanders

By Freeman Razemba

Government has retired over 30 senior police officers from the rank of senior assistant commissioner and above, as it moves to transform the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi (right) with Zimbabwe Republic Police national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba (left) during a press conference on Police and Army personnel clashes in town. (Picture by John Manzongo)
Zimbabwe Defence Forces Spokesperson Colonel Overson Mugwisi (right) with the then Zimbabwe Republic Police national spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba (left) during a press conference on Police and Army personnel clashes in town. (Picture by John Manzongo)

Sources within ZRP confirmed the development, saying the senior officers were served with retirement letters yesterday. Home Affairs Minister Dr Obert Mpofu said he was not aware of the developments and referred us to Acting Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga.

In an interview, Acting Comm-Gen Matanga said: “There is something happening. Can you contact me tomorrow (today).”

Police sources said those served with retirement letters were Deputy Commissioner-Generals Innocent Matibiri (Human resources), Levie Sibanda (Operations) and Josephine Shambare Crime). Commissioners Olga Bungu, Mekia Tanyanyiwa and Grace Ndebele also received their letters.

Among the fired Senior Assistant Commissioners were Charity Charamba, Godfrey Munyonga, Angelina Guvamombe, Justice Chengeta, Robert Masukusa, Eve Mlilo, Grace Maenzanise, Prudence Chakanyuka, Erasmus Makodza, Wiklef Makamache, Edward Fusire and Douglas Nyakutsikwa.

The retirement letters were signed by Acting Comm-Gen Matanga and were titled “Retirement from the Zimbabwe Republic Police in Terms of Section 22(3) of the Police Act Chapter 11:10”.

“This letter serves to advise you of your retirement from the Zimbabwe Republic Police in terms of section 22 subsection (3) of the Police Act Chapter 11:10 effective from midnight on the 19th of January 2018,” reads one of the letters that was written to Comm Ndebele. You will be paid three months’ salary in lieu of three months’ notice of termination of service. The Acting Commissioner General of Police avails himself this opportunity to sincerely thank you for having diligently served the organisation and the people of Zimbabwe. Wishing you and your family a pleasant retirement.”

Acting Comm-Gen Matanga recently held a meeting with senior police officers where he pointed out that they should be prepared for retirement. “He (Acting Comm-Gen Matanga) said the retirement age is 55 years according to the Police Act, 65 years for Public Service Commission. He said members should prepare for it,” a source who attended the meeting was quoted as saying.

Efforts to get comments from the senior officers retired yesterday were fruitless, as they did not answer their mobile phones. The latest developments come after police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri was sent on leave pending retirement in December last year.

Dr Chihuri had been Comm-Gen since 2008.

In October 2013, at least 19 commissioned officers left the ZRP after reaching retirement age and enjoying an extension of service provided for by the law.

The officers included eight senior assistant commissioners and 11 assistant commissioners. Dr Chihuri was quoted then as saying many such senior officers had reached retirement age, but he was using provisions of the Police Act to renew their contracts. The Herald

  • What do you mean by 30? We have 2 senior assistant commissioners and the next rank above that is the Commisiner. Get the story right admin pls.

  • Yaaa ipapo vagona ndokuti huori huite hushoma,!!

  • Ma1 aya atanga

  • ungazondeli uadmin.yini lomfowenu bamxotshile yini

  • Saka charamba aenda here

  • Hapana zvamaita apo,30 chete ndokuita sei ikoko

  • KKKKK MChauraya mazai enyoka mchiti magona mgosiya mai venyoka vacho

  • …better days are coming

  • Retires not “fires”

  • Hapana chakaipa ngavauye tisangane toita ma vendors tese ndipo pavachaona true status yemunyika.

  • So AUNT Cherity was wrecked out or shz the one announcing the news I blv shz safe George will protect her post

  • So which means military will take over again,those 30 police commanders wil b replaced by soldiers.

  • ngavaende evil people urinating on top of our right….

  • Kkkkkk ma1

  • That look frm general says a lot.

  • Bvunzai isu madriver emakombi, vanhu vairwadza kani ava. Pane yakanga iri pamazoe APA hey!

  • This should be a wake up call to the in coming Police .Police should perform their duties diligently… https://t.co/swP0sVrr5L

  • Dai masoja akatipa mukana wekumborovana haa mapurisa aipera,nanhasi ndikasangana nevamwe vacho ndotomamisa chete

  • Chino bhurubhuruka chinomhara. Vaimbovhaira ana Chihuri vachidzinga sembwa vachi vanyima ne pension chaiyo.

  • Job weldone bvisai futi kubva kuma Constable zvichikwira kune ndururani futi

  • welldone

  • Nice try…….
    Why didn’t the government remove all of them…..especially those who have been working under traffic department

  • G40s

  • Ayabizwa amagama agcwele , akhona, kambe elami likhona.

  • The number should increase from 30 to at least 3000. There is still more dangerous culprits in the system. We know them

  • Vakomana ngapaitwe employment apa hatisi kuda kuramba tigere tichinzwa nhoroondo dzenyika isu is not our ryt ,we want way foward nyika takatorazve chanetsa chii create employment ,mari mubank,mabasa kuvanhu,police off roads,then development pamberi

  • It should descend down to the OICs

  • Mari chakata pese pese ndozvatinoda se south africa

  • just a few .the gvt must fire all from the rank of lance corporal to comissioners

  • I think it was in the best interest that the gov retires all police officers n give them packages in line with the length of their service n they start recruiting new police staff

  • new despansation

  • new despansation

  • new despansation

  • And the army should b retired as well in a similar manner

  • And the army should b retired as well in a similar manner

  • And the army should b retired as well in a similar manner

  • Mbavha dzaenda

  • Mbavha dzaenda

  • Mbavha dzaenda

  • Team iyi haisati yakwana .They must start from the constable rank ,kune mbavha ikoko .Mamwe maconstable wane dzimba nemakombi apa haana kana 12yrs ari mupolice force.

    • Unopenga, saka munhu anenge achishandirei kana usingade kuti atenge zvinhu. Iwe ukasa jamba ma speaker mumabhawa imba yacho unoivakawo, mota inoita marii

    • so what kasi avachabvumidzwi kuita hupenyu wakarongeka wo here tibvirepo

    • Asi mune hama mapurisa kani kkkkkkkk

    • Munhu haarambidzwe kuita upfumi bt lets nt deny the reality,vazhinji vavo vanga vachiita upfumi hune umbavha.dzavo kombi ndodzaiswera dzichiita mari muroad dzenyu dzichisewera mukamba nekuvashandira muchivapa yamashanda zuva rose

    • True vazhinji vakavaka dzimba in a short period of tym nehuori

    • Mari yavo haitenge imba nemota pa 12yrs.vaiba avo

    • Inotadza neyi kukwana iko kuchipihwa ma loan

    • Craig Hlafu face yako ndeyemupurisa tirikukuzivai and I put money yefine aside tinemi baba

    • Kana usina msoro uriroja unoda vanhu vese vaite maroja here???

    • kkkkkkk its all about musoro wena …so simply cz munhu haana more than ten years pabasa otadza kuvaka here

    • Aaah nhaiwe imhosva here kuita imba or mota ndoo kuti munhu ari kumukira zvee , asi iwe hauna chinhu , wundundu zuva vhuuu kkkkk

  • Team iyi haisati yakwana .They must start from the constable rank ,kune mbavha ikoko .Mamwe maconstable wane dzimba nemakombi apa haana kana 12yrs ari mupolice force.

  • Team iyi haisati yakwana .They must start from the constable rank ,kune mbavha ikoko .Mamwe maconstable wane dzimba nemakombi apa haana kana 12yrs ari mupolice force.

  • Vasati vaenda ngapaitwe Audit; operation wakazviwanepi?

  • Vasati vaenda ngapaitwe Audit; operation wakazviwanepi?

  • Vasati vaenda ngapaitwe Audit; operation wakazviwanepi?

  • Takavaudza vairamba kuti kumagumo kwazvo kunenyaya ana charity ava

  • KUSHAYA PANOMBONZIWO MAKAMBANI AAKUVHURWA BUSY NEKUNGOWACHISANA CHETE

    • Ingavhurwa sei kambani ipo paine laundry..

    • Kkkkkkk aaah kusungana kwawo uku povho hayina chairikuzoona chirikuyibatsira garwe ngaapinde mu economic chaimo tiwone kuti zvasiyana neharahwa iya

    • Ziscosteel is opening asbestos mine is starting to manufacture to name a few railways is beiing revamped by transnet in only two months what more do u want haaa critics till death do us part

  • Please release all arrested under this force mutangewo nembavha dzenyu nyowani.

  • Ngavaende too much overheads more shefs than subordinates

  • organisation restructuring starts from the top… it should filter down soon

  • All police officers must be fired n arrested for corruption.

  • Ngavaende vairovesa vanhu ana Charity ava

  • Yaaa hey this is a lesson to who ever is going to take over those positions.Whenever God blesses you with a position of authourity do not abuse your power and must trear others well, the day when the tables turns those who take over after you will treat you well.
    wellcome to the civilian life zvetumota tuya twekudzinga vamwe muroad zvapera apa takuonesana

  • Any idiot here?

  • military state….purging purging purging only

  • Hiyaaaa mazimbavha evanhu kudya zvemahara zvaperaaaa ??????

  • Let them join the rest of our people at Mbare and Egodini buying and selling vegetables.They have bee terrorising our poor people for nothing while brushing shoulders of the criminals

  • Vakarumurwa vakabvisiwa pamukaka.vanga vakufarisa vachiruma nyatso.

  • Pagonekwa although musati mapedza henyu pachine basa home u need to visit zimra as well

  • Better to change all of them coz kahumbavha hakaperi vanodzidziswa

  • This Charamba was as useless as Chihuri and as ugly as I don’t know

  • Gogo Charamba vaivhaira neutsinye.Right now the Government should seal all the boarders to these culprits & ZACC should start its investigations.

  • Thnx mr matanga bt pls dzinga maneibourhood dzambavha zvakaomarara..endai pawaterfalls police station there is this guy called Dube muneibourhood they rosm the streets vachinyepa kt they work fr CID frm brayside..vanogarira macrossboder psmbudxi vachibvunza vanhu declaration form…ndakazovaendesa kustation kwavo vakanzi they ar nt CID bt wat surprises me ndskagariswa more than 6 hrs ndobva ndazonzi chienda nkt ndakavanyima mari.Do these si called anandamubata get paid?kna vasingatambire ivo vskautoita full tym vanozoiwanepi mari yekuchengeta mhuri ivo vakungoita chineibourhood…ndopsnoratidza kt nyika yeyava Banana Republic pls tibvisirei tsvina yose yemaneibourhood if there is shortage of police recruit instead of hiring any1 who doesnt any no how yepolice force…i beg u mr matanga

  • That Charamba thing!

  • Is it possible to dismantle the whole police force and start afresh. This force is severely compromised.

  • removing all the strategic and senior positions so that you can put masoja zva yanyika ye coup yega yega.why not remov me the constables and put masoja ipapo is it because you want key positions only .we tired with these hirings and firings of the g40s its time you give us news of companies opening and employing hundreds of people not zvenyu zvekudzinga ma chihuri loyalists izvo.

  • All these guys who are being fired, l don’t think they will vote for ZANU PF….!

  • Excellent

  • Job well done these idiots were a menace to humanity

  • this will create a state of rebels ndokutanga kwazvo so

  • Ndafarira panaCharamba apo mkadzi uyu waishaya kut anoserver police ipi nyaya dzese dzine chekuita nesecurity or national interest even kumubvunza zveaccident yaitika aikuudza kut im not yet aware of that apa inenge iri nyaya yatova ne2 days yazara saka waishaya kut anoshandepi

  • Pakaipa

  • Good move they incompetent

  • Dond forget Zimra nd Home Affairs the Mudede squad ngavaende mopedzisira nema ministers ose e G40 ne Lacoste Garwe Zimbabwe inonga yachena

  • Hope they know what they are doing coz mind you jonso promised blood shed hope thy will not join the G40 coz of frustration.

  • Marovha takuwandisa mhani whats the way forward

  • Ndafarirakudzingwa Kwa Charity charamba

  • Constable haana mari haanohora inoshamisira ingaita kuti awanike anedzimba 4,ayine ma Granvia ,maNoah apa haana kana 5yrs ari muPolice force apachitumbu chatodarika chaminister dayi vatotangira ko kuma constable

  • Pana Charamba apo thats a 1 million percent correct.

  • Firing for the sake of firing reflects the wickedness and paranoia of the putshist government

  • This had been long overdue, these guys had troubled us too much.Pakadai misodzi hatidonhedzi, ngazviende mberi.

  • Akusela kuthula ezweni nxa kuzaxotshwa iviyo lonke lamapholisa aphezulu, kutsho sokuyobekwa amasotsha kulezozikhundla. Asikhulekeleni ukhetho oluhlanzekileyo oluzasikhulula kuhulumende wodlii.

  • Gret move.. Ne zimra inoda kuvhakachirwa futi

  • Saka basa ratopera so?

  • Government should stop this madness of persecuting workers, they should just issue new orders whoever crosses the line must be fired not this nonsense of dwelling on past!!

    • No no no,people must reap what they sow

    • Y do u want those old Mugabe police for? Wat is yo problem. Have u noticed wat the police were doing these past few year under these people’s command? Mr concerned citizen?

    • ED yr new slogan “Let bygone be bygones” and then you going against your words.

    • It’s time for young blood to shine too. They should pave way for many others who are just as qualified

    • there must fire even the lowest ranked officers

    • maiti zopererepu

  • Police are to serve for 20 years only that’s when they are efficient and effective after that they are corrupt and serving their interests

  • Apa zvichakonzeresa mhirizhonga chete.

  • Job for lacoste boys

  • Pamanyanya kugona pana Charity apo uuuuummmm panofadza

  • Ehe vana vadiki vambopindawo panyanga

  • Most of them if not all hav surpassed the retirement age limit so younger officers wil b promoted

  • Why firing them as if are the ones who led this country to where we are ?

  • ..increased number of the unemployed… juc confused

  • Just pretend to be a lacost and get promoted, u are done .

  • Yes Sir!! after that VlD please

  • Soldiers ar being promoted whle police guys ar being demoted.,its a pay back tym nw 4 those wh helped de lacoste mvmnt 2 ascend 2 power

  • Good riddance to bad rubbish!

  • The broom used to sweep this house is of wire brush i suppose…mop yacho isaga rejosaha rinopukuta richimara….kkkk

  • Saka kumauto hakuna here vakurisa pa basa.

  • Ngavaende more to follow

  • Home Affairs Minister not aware of such developments in the police force…..wise up Obert you are next….!

  • Zvishoma izvo dai vatoti mapurisa ese ayende potsvagwa vatsva!😂😂😂😂

  • If retirement age is 65 what are you all still doing in the government including MNANGAGWA. please do us a favour and retire

  • Mapurisa vari very rough imagine ukaenda pacharge office PAYE haa surrender dai vaburitsa vese zvavo then start afresh

  • Hama dzangu zvamunoda chaizvo hazvizikanwi mkurwadziwa kuti vanhu vagarisa muservice vapiwa retirement package yavo vazorore and create vacancy fr e nxt generation saka mabasa acho amunochema anouya sei manje

  • Charity gone

  • Chavakadya chamuka kkkkk chino bhururuka chinomhara idi , Mwari variko kudenga ndeve mumhu wese .

  • Kutonga Kwaro gamba

  • Wescon 5 wescom5 control over..
    Ah wecom 5 responding roja go ahead over…
    Roja confirm the number of police fired over…
    Ah… Roja30,,30 confirm copied over…
    Ah afirmaive affirmative copied over..
    Ah roja over and out over.

  • Now the Junta is stepping into those vacant police positions.

  • Kkkkkkk ari kuisa vake panyanga . mutsai maIndusrty zvamaimboti mapurisa haanei nekufa kwe economy yenyika nhasi vazoshata papi. Dzinganai mabasa but isu hazviti batsiri

  • That is mnangagwa working

  • Banana, Grits and Soya Beans Republic….

  • Being senior officers means a huge pay out to them. Can that be called economy recovery? Though the move might be justified the existing problem is economy downfall. Those fired officers and their relatives will vote for opposition parties. Is that what the government wants? The firing was supposed to be done after elections. If things are done in anger the results will be disastrous.

  • Ed 😘💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿💪🏿! NAZO!

  • Well done

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