In an effort to end corruption and to restore the public’s confidence in the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), the organisation has reportedly banned police officers from owning commuter omnibuses or being involved in the transport business. Under the tenure of long-serving former ZRP commissioner-general Augustine Chihuri, the ZRP officers were accused of extorting the public through numerous roadblocks. Allegations have also been made that police officers were investing in commuter omnibuses and prirate taxis, and that they would target vehicles which did not belong to colleagues. The ban on being involved in the transport business was made by Acting Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga.
Sources who spoke to state-owned media said:
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He also said there was not going to be any transport business among officers and that members should work towards building public confidence. And that indiscipline and corruption should stop.
He (Acting Comm-Gen Matanga) also 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.
The Zimbabwe Republic Police is the country's law enforcing and maintaining organ. It was established in 1980 evolving from the Rhodesian Police and incorporated members from both the Rhodesian and the nationalist forces. It operates under the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage. Read More About Zimbabwe Republic Police
Augustine Chihuri is a retired Zimbabwe law enforcement officer and former Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General. He is a war veteran who received his military training at Mgagao in Tanzania as well as the longest-serving police chief in Zimbabwe since Independence. On 13 November 2017... Read More About Augustine Chihuri