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Comm-Gen Tandabantu Godwin Matanga

Comm-Gen Tandabantu Godwin Matanga

Elita Chikwati, Harare Bureau
President Mnangagwa has appointed Tandabantu Godwin Matanga as the substantive Commissioner General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

The announcemnet was made by Police Service Commission Chairman, Dr Mariyawanda Nzuwah, in a statement yesterday.

He said the appointment was with immediate effect.

Dr Nzuwah said President Mnangagwa made the appointment “in terms of the Section 221 (1) and (2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment No. 20 as read with Section 340 (1) (e and f) to appoint Cde Tandabantu Godwin Matanga as the substantive Commissioner General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police with immediate effect”.

Cde Matanga was born on February 5 1962 in Chipinge.

In 1978 a 16-year-old Matanga crossed the border into Mozambique where he joined the liberation struggle.

He was deployed for training in Romania and Egypt in 1979.

“Following his return from Mozambique, Comm Gen Matanga was attested into the Zimbabwe Republic Police as a patrol officer in October 1982. Through hard work and innovation, Cde Matanga acquired vast experience in the Zimbabwe Republic Police, rising through the ranks to Deputy Commissioner General in 1992, a rank that he held until his recent elevation to Commissioner of Police,” said Dr Nzuwah.

Comm Gen Matanga holds several professional qualifications in Active Field Artillery, Management and Financial Management.

“The Chairman, Police Service Commissioners and the Secretary to the Police Service Commission wish Cde Matanga success in leading the Zimbabwe Republic Police for peace and security of our nation,” he said.

Commissioner-General Matanga was appointed Acting Comm Gen on December 19, last year following the retirement of the then Commissioner General, Dr Augustine Chihuri.

Rtd Comm Gen Chihuri had served as Comm Gen since 2008.

His retirement came soon after the Zimbabwe Defence Forces launched Operation Restore Legacy that saw then President Mugabe resigning.

President Mnangagwa took over as President.

The new administration under the stewardship of President Mnangagwa has declared war on corruption in all sectors of the economy.

Meanwhile, ZRP, yesterday reshuffled 16 senior officers in the rank of chief superintendent and senior assistant commissioner as Government efforts at transforming the force gather momentum.

Some of the senior officers replaced those recently retired from ZRP.

Our Harare Bureau is in possession of communication from the Police General Headquarters’ human resources department dated February 9 directed to all stations. The transfers and suspensions are with immediate effect. The ZRP is on record saying there was nothing sinister about the transfers.

The officer commanding Support Unit Senior Assistant Commissioner Angeline Guvamombe has been transferred to the Police General Headquarters as the chief staff officer human resources. She replaced Snr Asst Comm Justice Chengeta who was among senior officers recently retired. Snr Asst Comm Guvamombe was replaced by Snr Asst Comm Isaac Tayengwa, who was heading the National Traffic Section.

According to the communication Snr Asst Comm Erasmus Makodza will remain the Anti-Stock Theft National Coordinator while the officer commanding Masvingo Province Snr Asst Comm Martha Mofolo has been transferred to Morris Depot as Commandant. She was replaced by Asst Comm C Dube in an acting capacity.

Assistant Commissioner Khumbulani Ndebele will remain as Assistant Commissioner responsible for Harare South district while Asst Comm Mguquka was transferred from PGHQ projects to Matabeleland South as Assistant Commissioner Administration.

Our Harare Bureau understands that Asst Comm David Mahoya is now responsible for operations at Support Unit from Matabeleland North province.

Asst Comm N Chivhayo was transferred to PGHQ as senior staff officer legal from the Southern Region where he was also responsible for legal services while Asst Comm Simon Mwatsikesimbe was transferred to Harare Province (operations) from Mashonaland East Province.

Asst Comm Happymore Sigauke will be responsible for Chitungwiza District at Harare Province from Matabeleland South while Asst Comm L Chinhengo is the acting Criminal Investigations Director. Asst Comm Chinhengo replaced Snr Asst Comm Godfrey Munyonga who was recently retired.

Asst Comm N Moyo and Asst Comm G Hlabiso will remain as PGHQ quartermaster and acting chief staff officer transport and logistics, respectively.

Chief Superintendent C. Chingosho will remain the acting chief staff officer PGHQ printers.

Last week, over 400 Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers from the rank of assistant inspector and below were transferred, while others were suspended. Most of the police officers were transferred from Morris Depot in Harare to provinces such as Harare, Bulawayo, Matabeleland South, Matabeleland North, Manicaland, Mashonaland West, Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland East. Of the 400, 19 constables were transferred to Support Unit on suspension.

Last month, Government retired nine senior police officers from the rank of senior assistant commissioner and above.

The retired officers were Commissioners Grace Ndebele and Mekia Tanyanyiwa while the Senior Assistant Commissioners were Godfrey Munyonga, Justice Chifunye Chengeta, Robert Tendero Masukusa, Prudence Chakanyuka, Eve Mlilo, Grace Maenzanise and Munyori Taedzerwa.

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  • Tarubva Chibva

    While Khumbulani Ndebele is Assistant Commissioner responsible for Harare South, I bet it would have been all noises if Assistant Commissioner Chidodo Shona was responsible for Bulawayo

    • Nkunzemnyama

      Uyanya,,,,,,,,,,,,agcwele amaswina la Kwa Bulawayo and rural areas.

      • Tarubva Chibva

        Now that ‘ Amaswina’ are 89% of population who do you expect to be leading all over? “Ama Impondo kayitshinthswa” are too few and most of them dump to occupy positions of influence.

        • ROYAL MTHWAKAZI

          Where do you get that 89% from? Is that official?

          Nevertheless, being a majority does not justify you dominating leadership positions in a province that is not home to you. You can go to Kenya or Nigeria and many other African countries, you will never find that happening. It can only happen where there is tribalism and nepotism at play.

          In South Africa, the Zulu people are the majority and almost equal in number or population size to that of the whole of Zimbabwe – far more than you Shonas and your little numbers that you love bragging about, but go to Limpopo Province; or to North West or Northern Cape – most top jobs are run by locals of those provinces, not Zulus!

          This 89% nonsense in trying to justify Shona tribalism in Matebeleland is unique only to Zimbabwe – FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!

          • Tarubva Chibva

            The Shona will never be tribalists. They are go-getters! It’s always the Ndebele who are tribalists. Town Clerk for Mutare is from Mat. No one cares, but when Prof Kuipa was made Vice Chancellor of Lupane State University the usual #NOISE was made. That’s why Ndebele girls truly love ‘Amaswina’

          • ROYAL MTHWAKAZI

            Shonas are not go-getters, they are simply mwanawekumusha culture followers – that is all. And that is tribalism pure and simple. Shonas have a saying of chawawana batisisa… idya nehama. This is what makes them tribalists. Even in Rhodesia, there was a general saying that, “I CALL ONE, YOU COME IN DOZENS – I AM NOT A BOTTLE STORE” by Colored people in reference to Shonas. They have this habit of calling each other for jobs from afar, instead of employing locals and this is what leads to their dominance in jobs in areas that are not home to them!

          • Tarubva Chibva

            Yes but most of jobs were at Lobels baking bread while Ndebeles were tribally recruiting for Ingwebu Breweries and Bulawayo City Council.

            The Ndebeles have the ‘Mfana wekhaya’ culture of nepotism. That’s how NRZ was killed. Come weekend all of them will either be boarding’ inqola behamba emakhaya’ or will be at Madlodlo benatha umqombothi!

          • ROYAL MTHWAKAZI

            You are worthless. You talk as if your Shona people are so sophisticated and so advanced they simply don’t compare with the Mthwakazi poor. Tswangirayi’s relatives are already invading his home and grabbing everything from Elizabeth and yet he is still alive – call that sophistication, my foot. Primitive culture!!!
            You have a very poor ego, I must say. I don’t even know why you choose to live among a people you hate so much. It must be depressing!!

          • Gazlam

            Shona tribalism came to light with ZANU and Mugabe coming to power in 1980. Shonas have been ZANU PF since 1980 – in fact since the 1970s. It was only after the demise of PF ZAPU when Shonas started talking against ZANU PF and Mugabe. Go into YouTube videos and see how they danced and boasted about ZANU PF and Mugabe when they were killing people in Matebeleland. It is exactly the same dancing and boasting they did recently in November 2017 for Mnangagwa and Mnangagwa is ZANU PF. Shonas only distance themselves from ZANU PF when that party messes up, but it essentially is a Shona party that co-opted a few Matland people. Look at the leadership – the First Secretary is Shona. The Second Secretary is Shona. And its only the second Secretary who takes over from the First Secretary should the First Secretary step down for whatever reason. This means only Shonas replace each other in perpetuity. This is why Mnangagwa and Mujuru fought – they never fight the Ndebele VPs – its because they know they are not competition to them because they dont qualify by virtue of their tribe, language and Provinces they hail from!!

          • Tarubva Chibva

            Now Schools in Harare have introduced Ndebele at Primary school. This is in preparation for taking jobs deep into Mat rural areas since most youths there are only dreaming about Egoli and not careers. Unless you guys teach Shona and invade Shona Provinces you will continue crying. My kids are doing well in Ndebele and I am advising them that there are vast opportunities in Matabelelands so plan ahead. Ndebele language Teachers are like hot cakes lezinsukhu

          • ROYAL MTHWAKAZI

            I live and work here in Mzansi – 95% of Zimbabweans here are Shonas – now talk about dreaming about eGoli!!
            You have a typical ZANU PF Gukurahundi tribalistic upbringing. I can tell from you idiotic views.
            I even employ Shona maids and Gardeners, in case you are about to rush into the usual Shona nonsense of “he hehe Shonas in SA are educated.They control the South African economy etc etc” – rubbish.
            Even your President has admitted to border jumping to Mozambique!!

          • THE TRUTH

            There is no need of introducing and teaching Shona in Mthwakazi schools because we are far advanced as a people. We don’t need a classroom to learn African languages. We just learn because we are not a people with bad tribalistic attitudes like you Shonas. 90% of the people of Matebeleland who speak Shona never learnt it in class!!

          • Evermercy Kusure

            I am laughing my lungs out how you 2 are having a go at each other. Point of correction just because you are talking about history and tribes. Mugabe is not a Shona (zezuru).He is a Matibili.

          • Gazlam

            I dont care about what someone really is according to origin. What matters is how they have regarded themselves all along. Mugabe regards himself a Shona; he speaks Shona and I dont even think he knows any Malawi language; he fights and stands for Shona rights , and many a times he talks about “our” people, when he refers to Shona people. He fought hard to defeat Nkomo and establish Shona hegemony. Matebeleland is what it is because of Mugabe – Shonas dominate jobs in Matebeleland today because of Mugabe. Shonas of today now have an attitude towards the Ndebele and the Ndebele language because of Mugabe. In the 1970s, Shonas in Matebeleland never had a problem speaking Ndebele. Even Chiwenga – that is not a Shona surname. It sounds very Malawian, but I will never consider him a Malawian. He is Shona because that is how he carries himself. His attitudes are those of a Shona. There is no such a thing as a pure Ndebele or a pure Shona today.

          • ROYAL MTHWAKAZI

            P/s In fact the problem in Matebeleland is not just the dominance of Shonas in leadership positions – its dominance in jobs generally in our Mthwakazi provinces. That is the problerm. In the whole of the Southern African region, particularly our neighbouring countries. Botswana most jobs in the North are held by Kalanga Batswana, because this the their home region – only in Zimbabwe do you find people from outside a province dominating in jobs and it seems to apply only to Matebeleland!!!

          • Tarubva Chibva

            Shona people call Zimbabwe their home, in contrast Ndebele people confine themselves to Mat provinces that’s why they fight for space there. Open your minds, go to Nyanga, for example, and be loved.

            You are the ones advocating for tribalism by asking that local jobs be given to local people. I remember this argument back then when Shona youths were dominating NUST. Ndebeles pressured Prof. Phineas Makhurane to allow locals without a pass in Maths at O level to be admitted. He stood his ground. He would say “no one has been stopped from attending Goromonzi High School to pass Maths and be admitted “

          • ROYAL MTHWAKAZI

            Nonsense. Shonas and Matland people are not of equal numbers in population size; so you cant expect Mthwakazi people to spread all over Zimbabwe the way Shonas do. Mthwakazi people have every right to reside wherever they reside in Matebeleland – moving out of your home province is a personal choice, one makes.
            It is not the fault of Matebeleland people that the Shonas are so numerous such that their population densities in their provinces are so high and competition for resources and jobs is therefore very stiff among them. Your overcrowding is your own problem, not a Matebeland problem. You can equally practice family planning and align your population growth rates to your provincial economic growth rates.
            It is an international practice that locals are given priority in local jobs, especially the menial jobs that do not demand high skills. Even across national borders, that also applies – locals first.
            The British, Americans, South Africans, Batswana etc are protecting local jobs for locals – except where skills have to be imported. Its the same case if you go to Scotland too which is part of the UK; whether its a State or a Province, it doesn’t matter – the principle is the same.
            As for the admission of students at higher institutions – that is a Government problem to sort out. People should be admitted on merit, but should it happen that those who always qualify are only from one part of the country; any responsible government will have to investigate why and address the problem – it could well be an issue of poor school facilities in other parts of the country; or a lack of adequately trained teaching staff etc etc.
            Any poor performance in schools in any part of the country should be addressed by the Govt of the day – they do this in South Africa every year after the announcement of Matric results. The problem in Zim is that we have always had a tribalistic regionalistic and racist government – hence the regional imbalances in education outcomes.
            You also sound like you have taken a cue from them; that is why you sound childish, and tribalistically self centred in your contributions on these issues. You need to grow up and mature a bit young man!!

          • Tarubva Chibva

            Shona men are also dominating when it comes to dating local girls. Ndebele guys are rough and crude while easygoing Shona guys are romantic.

            My girlfriend’s friend is complaining about her Ndebele boyfriend who keeps a record book of what he buys her in case they break up. Hahahaha

          • ROYAL MTHWAKAZI

            I thought I was engaging someone with brains, I wont waste any more of my time. Clearly you are a simple minded primitive tribalist. You have nothing to offer in this debate – but to justify primitivity. Stay primitive – you wont go anywhere!

          • Tarubva Chibva

            We only know tribes when dealing with so called Ndebeles. When you are in Mashonaland no one cares about who you are.

            Most so called Ndebeles are PERPETUAL HATERS. We don’t care what tribe one comes from that’s why a Town Clerk of a City like Mutare is from Matabeleland. Can you dream that can happen at City Hall in Byo? Never!

            My kids are having Ndebele lessons to prepare them for various opportunities in rural Matabeleland where Hot Heads like you refuse to send illiterate parents and Villagers for night school so they could learn English or Shona.

            Anyway, thanks for your civilized engagement until just before your last post

          • ROYAL MTHWAKAZI

            As long as you refuse to speak our languages in our regions; we will resist you come what may. There will never be an end to the animositry. Call us tribalists we dont care – the ball is in your courts. Period!

          • Papa Wa Ofentse Le Nqobile

            You are trying too hard to stir the pot. Any sensible person can see through your bullshit

        • Nkunzemnyama

          Go and fuck your mum.

          • Tarubva Chibva

            Exactly the behavior that Ndebele girls distaste. My Girlfriend Nomalanga speaks about how lucky she is to have had me and not ABUSIVE hooligans like YOU

          • Papa Wa Ofentse Le Nqobile

            What is your comment on the overrepresentation (demographically )of shona beggars with babies strapped to their backs at every intersection in major metros in South Africa & cities in Botswana ? Some even beg as couples. Not Zimbabweans in general , not Congolese , not Ethopians , not even refugees from war torn countries such as Sudan but Shonas only.

          • Tarubva Chibva

            Assuming it’s correct that every Metro Junction in SA is occupied by a Shona beggar, my explanation is that 1) There are lots of Shona people in Africa. If you check you will see that there are Shona speaking people even in Kenya.2) Ndebeles pretend to be Zulus when they cross into SA 3) Rather than resort to crime as done by Ndebeles, Shona people opt to beg 4) There are well-wishers in SA and Ndebeles from Zim would wish that they stop giving alms to spite Shona people 6) During Wenera, lots of Shona men left their offsprings in SA and Shona will soon be an official language there

          • ROYAL MTHWAKAZI

            There are too many Shona beggars because Shonas breed like flies. They don’t control themselves. An average Shona family is made up of eight children, excluding the parents. That is why they are overcrowded in their provinces. Stop polishing up your rough ends as a people – Ndebele people know a lot more about Shona people than Shonas know anything about Ndebeles. In South Africa, Shonas cant even tell a Ndebele apart from a Zulu, Xhosa, SA Ndebele or Swati speaking South African – I have done this experiment several times on many Shonas. They actually get surprised when I eventually tell them I am from Zim.

          • Chatunga Chenhamo Chakatitende

            Royal Mthwakazi wandinakidza nhasi.kkkkk.Mose natruth misoro yenyu izere mvura.Murivarwere vepfungwa.Go hang a million times!Proudly Shona in Bulawayo.

          • ROYAL MYHWAKAZI

            Ukhathazwa yini manje? Ngiyazi, iqiniso vele libuhlungu!!!

          • Tarubva Chibva

            You have an inferiority complex mfanami.

          • ROYAL MYHWAKAZI

            Kkkkk lol – a Mthwakazi with an inferiority complex? That’s a contradiction in terms nawe uyazi. Inferiority complexes are a Shona problem – like you have just shown us here with your so called Ndebele women. Marrying one is a life time achievement for many Shonas – they are like gold to them, that they take back to Mashonaland to brag about. Kkkkk Lol bafowethu!!

          • Papa Wa Ofentse Le Nqobile

            I concur….see my reply above to this excuse of a human being .

          • Papa Wa Ofentse Le Nqobile

            It is correct everywhere you go you see Shona women wearing dresses or skirts with tekkies and men wearing jackets even in a heat wave begging . Babies strapped on their backs & numerous toddlers wandering close by….. reference to your points number 1 : are you insinuating that these could be beggars from other African countries but preferring to pretend to be Shonas ? Why pretend to be Shona in the first place ?
            Point 2: Ndebeles pretend to be Zulus…both languages belong to the Nguni language so I assume it is only natural for them to adopt the Zulu language. Just like the BaSotho from Lesotho adopt Sesotho & BaTswana from Botswana adopt SeTswana
            Point 3 : you say “Shona people opt to beg”…..why opt to beg in a foreign country without a culture of begging. SA has a functional Social services system (various grants)

            Point 4: You are not making sense
            You then jump to point 6 no point 5

            Point 6 : What is Wenera and Shona offspring ? Shona official language soon in SA ?

          • Tarubva Chibva

            Before you know it, you are actually a Grandchild of the Rozvi. Uri Muzukuru. (Uli mzukulu).

            There are more than 2 million Shona speaking people in Mozambique and the number continues to rise.

            The insults fascinate me. You have an inferiority complex.

          • Papa Wa Ofentse Le Nqobile

            2 million Shona people in Mozambique….Are they taking the blind shona begging & wierd dressing culture there too ?? Inferiority complex by not begging , or dressing the way your beggars in South Africa Do ? You Shonas bring shame to ALL BLACK AFRICANS residing in South Africa. Just over the December Summer holidays in SA 2 Shona couples (all 4 were able bodied ) came to a relatives house begging house to house for old clothes , toys , food , money etc only for the same clothes to be resold to other Shonas around the dirty , dilapidated Smal St, Methodist Church Jhb Precinct where some of your country men & women beg right at the doorsteps of the Gauteng South Supreme Court ( A national heritage building ) It was an embarrassing sight with a Dutch Couple ( who had been to S.A. before in 1999 & 2004 ) to see how the face of Jhb had changed….. to see blind women breastfeeding begging with noisy coins inside tin cups while singing in front of the NPA headquarters across the road from the Supreme Court. Pathetic. Get a life

          • Mzansi

            I hear blindness is a Shona culture? Is that true? Why is that it’s always Shonas who are blind? The moment you see blind people in Southern Africa, just move closer to them; you can bet 9 out of 10 chances they are all Shona. Mara why bafowethu?

          • Papa Wa Ofentse Le Nqobile

            I am yet to receive a satisfactory answer to that question

          • Mzansi

            When did you count the Shonas in Mozambique? You love daydreaming neeh?

          • ROYAL MTHWAKAZI

            He has never been outside the Borders of Zim. That is why he is so insular and narrow minded with an overblown sense of importance – all because of ZANU PF/Mugabe propaganda of exaggerating Shona importance!!

          • ROYAL MTHWAKAZI

            Its about time you grew up and got civilized to understand that Women are nobody’s property. What are Ndebele girls? Women are women, they make their own decisions and choices – not your Shona culture of possessing women as commodities. We don’t have that in Ndebele culture – that is why women from our culture have always been free to enter into relationship and you call that MAHURE – because you are primitive.
            As I said, you are already rushing to dispossess Elizabeth of her property even before her husband Tswangirayi dies, because you believe she is some property to be used and discarded at will, when circumstances suit you. We don’t know of any women labelled “Ndebele girls” – there are women all over the world, you can marry anywhere, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, USA, UK, etc – they are free – they are not your property!

          • Papa Wa Ofentse Le Nqobile

            Your girlfriend Nomalanga ? Pathetic

          • THE TRUTH

            Marrying a Ndebele is a lifetime achievement for a Shona – to brag about when one gets back to Mashonaland. We are simply the best – precious!!

          • Nkunzemnyama

            Msunukanyoko swina-ndini

    • THE TRUTH

      The reason is simple. Ndebele people in general and any officials appointed to positions of authority in Shona provinces speak the local Shona lingo with the people there, showing appreciation of the people they live among. Shona officials in Matebeleland impose Shona on Matebeleland citizens and refuse to learn and speak Ndebele, Kalanga, Sotho or any of the Mthwakazi languages!

      • Tarubva Chibva

        Why do you want people to speak a language that doesn’t give them an advantage? Everyone in Zim, black or white can speak Shona so why burden oneself with, say Sotho, when it doesn’t affect their chances of prospering?

        All I am saying is in Harare you get into many places and you see guys speaking in Ndebele and it doesn’t affect anyone. Go to Bulawayo and you are called ‘Amaswina, Tshona’ etc. In fact all Ndebele guys who are in Harare are the happiest and will not want to go back to backward tribalists in Mat provinces!

        • THE TRUTH

          You are refusing to accept the truth. I have just told you why the people in Matland resist Shona people; yet you are justifying yourself. So what’s the point? Ndebele people don’t face similar problems in Mashonaland because they do integrate with locals. Shona language and numbers arrogance is a very big problem in Zim.
          Shonas will always have a problem and be resisted in Matebeleland because of this same language arrogance you are displaying here. It is the Shona who are the problem in tribal relations in Zim, not Matebeleland.
          Mthwakazi have a Constitutionally guaranteed right to assert themselves culturally and in terms of their languages, especially in their home provinces. They don’t do these things outside Matebeleland and that shows their respect for fellow Zimbabweans – respect the Shona people are never prepared to accord them in their home provinces, hence the tribal resistance you referred to in your first post.
          You can go to any place, region or country, you will encounter the same resistance if you belittle people by imposing yourself and refusing to integrate with them. In Botswana – they even refuse to assist you in offices if you don’t try learning their Setswana. Its like that everywhere.
          Your numbers don’t count when it come to issues of culture and language. So the ball is in the courts of the Shona; and not the other way round!!

          • Tarubva Chibva

            It’s not just the numbers, it is the advantages that come with a language. For instance we are communicating in English yet none of us is English. You don’t have a problem with Amakhiwa, including Indians talking to you in English because it’s not Shona?

            If you don’t learn Shona because you Tribally Hate it, then communicate in English. Are you telling me the Chinese in your area communicate in Ndebele?

            Our schools in Harare have introduced Ndebele at Primary level after seeing that there are gaps in Matabeleland as most youths dream about nothing other than Egoli. So now there’s an advantage and our kids shall be teaching Ndebele in rural Matabeleland. Learning a language comes out of necessity.

            For instance, when I am in Byo I am surrounded by so many Shona speaking Ndebeles so why must I crack myself yet I can speak in English or Shona to my multi-lingual Ndebele friends.