CID boss Make­denge trans­ferred

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Free­man Razemba Harare Bureau

THE Of­fi­cer Com­mand­ing Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Depart­ment (CID) Law and Or­der Sec­tion in Harare As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Crispen Make­denge has been trans­ferred to Masvingo prov­ince with im­me­di­ate ef­fect, in line with the force’s pol­icy.

Po­lice said just like any se­nior of­fi­cer, Asst Comm Make­denge’s trans­fer was a nor­mal one and in line with their pol­icy.

He was re­placed by Asst Comm Thu­lani Ncube who was CID Co­or­di­na­tor in Bu­l­awayo.

Po­lice chief spokesper­son Se­nior As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Char­ity Charamba yes­ter­day con­firmed the trans­fer and said there was noth­ing sin­is­ter about the trans­fer as they were guided by their pol­icy.

“The ZRP wants to put an end to those spec­u­la­tions that he has been trans­ferred be­cause of this and that. This has noth­ing to do with poor per­for­mance and all these sin­is­ter re­ports we are get­ting. Asst Comm Make­denge, just like any other se­nior of­fi­cer, can also be trans­ferred.

“ZRP is a coun­try­wide po­lice ser­vice and polic­ing does not end in Harare only. Com­man­ders have a pre­rog­a­tive to trans­fer of­fi­cers on rea­sons only privy to the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” she said.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba said some of the rea­sons why of­fi­cers were trans­ferred can­not be shared with the me­dia some­times.

“Our trans­fer pol­icy al­lows of­fi­cers to be ro­tated and it is nor­mal within the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” said Snr Asst Comm Charamba.

There have been re­ports in some sec­tions of the me­dia al­leg­ing the Asst Comm Make­denge had been re­de­ployed for var­i­ous rea­sons in­clud­ing fail­ing to han­dle some high pro­file cases.

Last month, Gov­ern­ment re­de­ployed close to 500 po­lice of­fi­cers who were at dif­fer­ent sta­tions in Beit­bridge district to other sta­tions coun­try­wide, amid al­le­ga­tions of fail­ure to de­liver their du­ties to ex­pec­ta­tions.

Snr Asst Comm Charamba was quoted dis­miss­ing the al­le­ga­tions that the po­lice of­fi­cers had been re­de­ployed for their poor han­dling of the July demon­stra­tions and fail­ure to de­liver.

In Novem­ber last year, the ZRP car­ried out mas­sive trans­fers and re­de­ploy­ments of se­nior of­fi­cers at Po­lice Gen­eral Head­quar­ters in what the force de­scribed as part of im­prov­ing “ef­fec­tive­ness” in law en­force­ment.

In Jan­uary 2014, the po­lice reshuf­fled 45 of its po­lice of­fi­cers who had been pro­moted.

The 45 were mostly as­sis­tant com­mis­sion­ers and se­nior as­sis­tant com­mis­sion­ers who were trans­ferred to dif­fer­ent prov­inces and de­part­ments

In 2010, about 78 po­lice­men and women at the Avondale po­lice sta­tion in Harare were trans­ferred af­ter their bosses got fed up with their con­duct.

Po­lice have been on record as say­ing in­dis­ci­pline had no place within the force.

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