PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has promoted 1 089 Zimbabwe Republic Police junior and senior officers to the ranks between inspector and commissioner, to improve service delivery to the nation.
The promotions are with effect from Tuesday this week.
Of those promoted, eight were promoted to the rank of commissioner from assistant commissioner.
They are Commissioners Charles Musavengana, Bazibi Dube, Steven Kazingizi, Ndofandaedza Jaboon, Richard Mahoya Basera, Winston Muzah, Nelson Charumbira and Grace Sundirai Ndou.
Of the 1 089, 24 were promoted to the rank of assistant commissioner, 48 to chief superintendent and 168 others were promoted to the rank of superintendent.
In addition, 232 were promoted to the rank of chief inspector and 609 others to inspector.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the developments yesterday.
“The promotions are in line with the Government’s vision 2030 and the Zimbabwe Republic Police’s quest to improve service delivery to Zimbabweans, he said. Vacancies had risen due to retirements and natural causes.”
In January last year, the Police Service Commission approved a new Zimbabwe Republic Police structure that abolishes the rank of senior assistant commissioner and replaced it with that of Commissioner of Police as the force continued to undergo major transformation.
The new rank of Commissioner of Police is different from the rank of commissioner that existed in the previous structure.
The ZRP rank hierarchy under the new structure starts from constable to sergeant, sergeant-major, assistant inspector, inspector, chief inspector, superintendent, chief superintendent, assistant commissioner, Commissioner of Police, Deputy Commissioner-General and then Commissioner-General.
In the new structure, senior assistant commissioners are now called commissioners.
Early last year, the ZRP said it was set to undergo major transformation as it adopts a new structure and rebrands to win back public confidence.
The ZRP was on a restructuring and rebranding exercise to win back public confidence which was soiled by brazen corruption during the Robert Mugabe era. ■