Editorial Comment: Mnangagwa should tread carefully on police rationalisation

LAST week, the Zimbabwe Republic Police “retired” more top-ranking officers in a move seen as the renewal of the force to reclaim public trust.

Editorial Comment

There has been a lot of movements in the police force since last November, when former President Robert Mugabe resigned under military pressure.

The police are being made the fall guys for being caught up in the power struggle between Mugabe and his successor Emmerson Mnangagwa.

But what has become worrying is the decision by Mnangagwa’s government to retire senior officers simply on the basis that they have reached 50 years of age or have served the force for 20 years.

This does not only become wrong to change someone’s contract in the midst of his career, but immoral to treat only the police in that manner when government has moved the retirement age for soldiers from 65 to 70 years. To the victor goes the spoils?

To say the least, retiring someone who could live up to 80 at the age of 50 is condemning them to a life of poverty in a country with a high level of unemployment, particularly if the police force has not equipped them with entrepreneurial skills.

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Some still have children of school-going age and such an abrupt end to their employment contracts before they make plans for the future of their children is cruel. They made plans basing on the contracts they were holding that allowed them to work until the age of 65.

Treating police with disdain and giving preferential treatment to other security apparatus like the army and Central Intelligence Organisation will create disunity among the security organs and resultantly, cause political instability.

The sad thing is that Mnangagwa, on July 30, was elected to lead the country at the age of 75 and will be 85 by the end of his second term, if he should run and win the 2023 elections. And yet he expects other able-bodied people to be seated at home at the age of 50.

Mnangagwa is the leader of the country and he should treat all the people fairly and equally. Victimisation by a national leader cannot and should not be tolerated. Spare a thought for the children you are condemning to abject poverty because their fathers have been thrown out of employment prematurely.


  1. Go to Borrowdale Brook and The Grange in Northern Hre and see the posh housing schemes for these top police guys.If you think they are poor, you need to have your head examined.

    1. you can say that again

  2. I think the author should have done his research first. All police officers know that after 20 years of service they can be retired. In fact, they have an option to retire from the force. The age (50) is also on the books. There is nothing improper with doing this according o the book.


  4. Bikaz we Janana

    Most of these senior police officers are as thieving as those that are retiring them.During the Mugabe era they could do anything illegal to make money without any fear of being arrested or fired from work.They would receive cash everyday solicited through bribes by their juniors who will be on the ground all day especially the trafiic section.They would have unregistered kombis plying any route with immunity and arrested those that tried to operate illegally.I wont shed a tear for most of these guys.There maybe one two who were good but vanorohwa ne majority.But that is not to say i support the govt for choosing only the police force because they are all civil servants after all.I am only saying i dont mind them getting retired even if they are being retired by a system that i hate so much.

  5. Who spared a thought for some of us who were abruptly “retired” at even a tender age than these officers through the chidyausiku ruling. We have children at schools as well and we have to make do with what we have. So the question is what is so special about these officers being retired?.

  6. The Editor should always research before making some of these comments. I am a Police Pensioner and retired after serving 22 yrs in 2013. I was 43 years old then but I merely chose to retire because I had served my 20 years. I could have served for 7 more years upto the retirement age of 50 but it disadvantages my family in that the money you continue to serve, the more you eat into your pension lumpsum. I do not shed any tear for people like Shambare who protected thieves in the name of following procedures which she did not know, even though she was DCG Crime. In fact to me she was corrupt and they victimised a lot of junior officers during their time. In fact one reason why I resigned was that it was becoming difficult to rise from my rank then (Inspector) because kumusoro kwaiva kwazara harahwa. Vaito ganza kuti tichavezerwa tsvimbo/mudonzvo hapana kwatinoenda. Kwasara mai Kupara

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