The Deputy Commissioner General responsible for crime in the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP), Barbara Mandizha, has died.
Mandizha died in China on Thursday after a long battle with cancer.
Police spokesman Oliver Mandipaka confirmed her death and said her body was expected to arrive in the country on Saturday next week.
She was the first woman to be promoted to the rank of Police Deputy Commissioner, since Independence in 1980.
Before being promoted to the rank of Deputy Commissioner, Mandizha was the officer commanding Police Support Unit, a highly trained unit in the ZRP which supports other units of the police with specialist skills.
She was married to Grain Marketing Board general manager, Albert Mandizha, a former Senior Assistant Commissioner and Commander of police in Bulawayo.
Mandipaka said burial arrangements would be announced later.