ZIMBABWE Republic Police (ZRP) has moved to replace the trio of deputy commissioners – Innocent Matibiri, Josephine Shambare and Levi Sibanda – who were relieved off their duties last month in on-going police service shakeup since the ouster of Robert Mugabe.
The Mail & Telegraph has established that the department has promoted Senior Assistant Commissioner, Elliot Ngirandi, Senior Assistant Commissioner Learn Ncube and Senior Assistant Commissioner Lorraine Chipato to the rank of Deputy Commissioner General.
Police Commissioner General Godwin Matanga announced the major movements in a radio transcript gleaned by the Mail & Telegraph.
“The commissioner general of police is pleased to announce the promotion of the following members with effect from 7 December 2018, they are shown in order of merit,” reads the transcript.
The radio further announced that Assistant Commissioner David Mahoya, Assistant Commissioner Kudakwashe Mubemi, Assistant Commissioner Crispen Charumbira and Assistant Commissioner Patson Nyabadza have been promoted to the rank of Senior Assistant Commissioner.
In the communication, Matanga also announced that 15 Chief Superintendent who include Winston Muzah, Fungai Loice Dengu, Maria Mahachi, Amon Ndou, Frederick Mbengwa, Richard Mubaiwa, Francis Phiri, John Mwatsika, Percy Sidija Ndou and Jelous Nyabasa were promoted to Assistant Commissioner.
Thirty four Superintendents have been promoted to Chief Superintendent.
Matanga said the conferment of badges of rank to be conducted on Tuesday December 11 2018 at 10:00 hours at police sports club.
Police spokesperson Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment.
However she is on record saying the recent wave of promotions were part of improving the effectiveness in law enforcement.
“The exercise is not unique to the ZRP as all public and private organizations go through the same process. The current exercise started long back in April with various stages being undertaken. The promotions have nothing to do with the pending harmonized elections. In fact the ZRP last conducted the exercise three years ago.”
The changes have been ringing in the ZRP since President Emmerson Mnangagwa swept to power on the back of the military intervention in November 2017 before retaining the presidency after a narrow poll win over Nelson Chamisa on July 30.
Since then various senior police officers over 50 have been receiving letters of retirement, notices which have now become known in police circles as ‘love letters.’’
This comes amid indication that the Mnangagwa led government is said to have instructed the ZRP to reduce its workforce by 15 000 police officers before end of January 2019.
The force is believed to house 50 000 officers with government desperate to reduce the number to 35 000, as the government works on cutting its wage bill.