ACTING commissioner general of police Godwin Matanga yesterday admitted that there was rampant corruption within the police force and pledged to resolve the problem.
Matanga was appointed to the post of acting commissioner general on Monday following the retirement of Augustine Chihuri, who led the county’s police force since 1994. Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander, General Phillip Valerio Sibanda issued a statement on Monday announcing that the former commissioner general of police had “started his leave on December 15, pending his retirement from the service”.
President Mnangagwa sent Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri packing, a move that received support, as the cops boss had often been accused of failing to instill discipline within the force.
Matanga addressed officers commanding police provinces, chief staff officers and directors for the first time as acting commissioner yesterday. In his address, Matanga said the local police force has been tarnished by corruption.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police has been tarnished through continued acts of corruption by unscrupulous elements in our midst,” said Matanga.
The former deputy commissioner general said corruption in the force has been caused by indiscipline and lack of supervision adding that the public had lost confidence in the force.
“Our challenges emanate from lack of or inadequate supervision and unbecoming actions by some of our members, which have no doubt eroded public trust, faith and confidence in the Police Service,” noted Matanga.
He pledged that the police force would do better going forward, saying measures would be put in place to deal with corruption within the organisation, and that supervisory arms such as the national force development committee could be asked to help reign in the situation.
“The Zimbabwe Republic police shall never again work in manners that will make it lose the confidence and trust of the people it serves.
“More stringent measures will be undertaken to rid the organisation of corruption. We will not hesitate to resuscitate the national force development committee and to empower the inspectorate unit to enhance supervision of police activities at all levels,” Matanga said.
Following general Sibanda’s statement on Monday announcing the end of “Operation Restore Legacy”, ZDF members have been withdrawn from policing operations.
Police and the defense forces had been in joint operations since the inauguration of President Emerson Mnangagwa last month. Financial Gazette