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Matanga Replaces Chihuri As Police Boss

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President Mnangagwa has, with immediate effect, appointed Deputy Commissioner-General Tandabantu Godwin Matanga as substantive Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP).

The announcement was made by Public Service Commission (PSC) chairman Dr Mariyawanda Nzuwah in a statement on Monday.

Dr Nzuwah said President Mnangagwa made the appointment “in terms of the Section 221 (1) and (2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment No. 20 as read with Section 340 (1) (e and f) to appoint Cde Tandabantu Godwin Matanga as the substantive Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police with immediate effect”.

Matanga was born on February 5, 1962 in Chipinge.

In 1978, a 16-year-old Matanga crossed the border into Mozambique where he joined the liberation struggle.

He was deployed for training in Romania and Egypt in 1979.

“Following his return from Mozambique, Comm-Gen Matanga was attested into the Zimbabwe Republic Police as a patrol officer in October 1982. Through hard work and innovation, Cde Matanga acquired vast experience in the Zimbabwe Republic Police, rising through the ranks to Deputy Commissioner-General in 1992, a rank that he held until his recent elevation to Commissioner of Police,” said Dr Nzuwah.

Comm Gen Matanga holds several professional qualifications in Active Field Artillery, Management and Financial Management.

“The Chairman, Police Service Commissioners and the Secretary to the Police Service Commission wish Cde Matanga success in leading the Zimbabwe Republic Police for peace and security of our nation,” he said.

Commissioner-General Matanga was appointed Acting Comm Gen on December 19, last year following the retirement of the then Commissioner General, Augustine Chihuri.

Rtd Comm Gen Chihuri had served as Comm Gen since 2008.

His retirement came soon after the Zimbabwe Defence Forces launched Operation Restore Legacy that saw then President Mugabe resigning.

President Mnangagwa took over as President.

The new administration under the stewardship of President Mnangagwa has declared war on corruption in all sectors of the economy.



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