Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga has downgraded the traffic branch into a section, in a move which made the top posts in the department redundant. The creation of the traffic, minerals and anti-stock theft branches is alleged to have created problems by promoting corruption and introducing multiple chains of command. A senior police officer who spoke to NewsDay said,
There were a lot of bosses doing nothing and most of these presided over massive corruption, especially at the minerals and traffic branches. These had become cash lords in the force and collapsing the branches makes command structure easy and manageable.
Announcing the disbanding of the Traffic Branch, Matanga said,
Addressees are hereby advised that the restructuring exercise agreed on by the central planning committee (CPC) through CPC minute 8/2018 in respect of the Traffic branch is now underway, with immediate effect all traffic stations are to report both administratively and operationally to officers commanding district in which they are currently operating.