The government is reported to have instructed the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to reduce its workforce by 15 000 police officers. Currently, the force has 50 000 officers and the government is reported to have called for this number to be reduced to 35 000, as the government works on cutting its wage bill. When presenting the government’s new economic blueprint, the Transitional Stabilisation Programme (TSP) Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube indicated that the civil service was going to be restructured by reducing the number of workers on the government payroll. The police is targeting officers above the age of 50 for retirement.
Police sources who spoke to the Main and Telegraph said,
People will soon receive what the officers are calling love letters from Commissioner General Godwin Matanga. The love letters are notices of retirement for those who have 50 years and above. ZRP has been instructed to reduce its workforce from 50 000 to 35 000.
A letter which was sent to some senior officers early this month reads,
Retirement from the Zimbabwe Republic Police in Terms of Section 22(3) of the Police Act Chapter 11:10. According to the Police Act Chapter 11:10, the retirement age is 50 and once a police officer reaches that age, they have to renew their contract at the discretion of the bosses…This letter serves to advise you of your retirement from the ZRP in terms of section 22 subsection (3) of the Police Act Chapter 11:10
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