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ZRP changes: Mugabe’s aide redeployed

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has reshuffled its senior ranks for the second time this year with the highlight being the redeployment of former president Robert Mugabe’s bodyguard.

Mugabe was ousted by a military coup last November and the ZRP has remained under suspicion since, having reportedly backed the now fallen leader at the height of the succession rivalry in the ruling Zanu PF party.

Then police chief Augustine Chihuri, a Mugage loyalist, was immediately retired after the coup.

Successor Emmerson Mnangagwa has also opted for an aide de camp from the presidential guard in a break with Mugabe who used senior police officers.

The new ZRP Changes which were revealed Wednesday affected some 32 senior officers between the chief superintendent and commissioner ranks.

A communique confirmed that Senior Assistant Commissioner Martin Kwainona, who was Mugabe’s aide, had been moved to the Economic Surveillance section at Police General Headquarters (PGHQ).

Kwainona was previously with the Police Protection Unit (PPU).

Also moved from the PPU was Commissioner Olga Bungu who joins Kwainona at the Economic Surveillance section of PGHQ.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Rabson Mpofu, has been moved to Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga’s office as the chief of staff while Commissioner Nonkosi Ncube was transferred from human resources to administration.

Some 30 senior officers were fired from the ZRP in January in a major reshuffle of the senior ranks which was seen as aimed at ridding the force of perceived Mugabe loyalists. Some of the dismissals were later reversed.