Several senior police officers have been retired for allegedly failing to prevent fuel protests that rocked Zimbabwe on January 14. This is the third major reshuffle since President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over power in a military coup in November 2017.
ZimLive reports that Bulawayo will be under a new commander after Senior Assistant Commissioner Happymore Sigauke was ordered to retire. Commissioner Bernard Dumbura arrives from the Police General Headquarters as the new police chief. Sigauke was only promoted to the position last December after Learn Ncube was elevated to Deputy Commissioner General. Commissioner Erasmus Makodza is the new police chief for Mashonaland East, taking over from Senior Assistant Commissioner Lee Muchemwa. Muchemwa has been retired after protests rocked Marondera, the province’s capital. Chief Superintendent Didymus Masiwa Sakarombe from Mashonaland West police headquarters replaces Chief Superintendent George Nenguwo, who was the district police chief for Marondera. The district police chief for Chitungwiza, Chief Superintendent Sekayi Mujiwa, has also been retired.
A police source told ZimLive that President Mnangagwa’s administration is targeting senior police officers for failing to come down hard on protesters.