Comm Gen Matanga appeals for specialised armoured vehicles

by | Aug 22, 2021 | Local News | 0 comments


Alex Ndhlovu

The Zimbabwe Republic Police Commissioner General (CG) Godwin Matanga has appealed to President Mnangagwa to provide specialised vehicles to enable police to fight armed criminals.

Armed assailants have become a menace in the country.

CG Matanga’s call comes after the country have witnessed a surge in robberies for the past months and the fight against has cost the police service of some dedicated officers who have been shot in the line of duty.

CG Matanga was speaking at a vehicle commissioning ceremony officiated by President Mnangagwa.


ZRP received 80 brand new vehicles to be distributed around police stations and sections dotted around the country.


“Your Excellency, we will also aid the resources towards combating armed robberry which has been on a surge recently. On this note let me thank you for the donation of five High powered vehicles towards the fight against armed robberies.

I wish to inform you your Excellency that since the receipt of the vehicles and distribution to CID homicide and the vehicle theft squad our detectives have arrested 47 accused persons for armed robbery, recovered 12 firearms and 114 round of ammunition. The arrest of these criminal have helped to clear a number of cases since they were linked to 27 robbery and eight rape cases,” CG Matanga said.

He said armed robbers when cornered resorted to desperate tactics which reek of reckless cowardice.


“The group of armed robbers who we are confronting each day are not only daring but quiet vicious, this therefore puts Police officers in serious danger.

My humble appeal Your Excellency is fo the provision of specialised armoured vehicles given the increased shootouts being encountered with these hard-core criminals,” said CG Matanga.

President Mnangagwa acknowledged the request and exceedingly responded to it.

President Mnangagwa promised to provide helicopters to the Zimbabwe Republic Police in the next two years for aerial surveillance and back up operations for crime detection and prevention units.

“I compel you therefore to bring all criminals to book including those within the Police Services. Your own house must be above reproach. Under the second Republic, effective policing must be rooted in integrity, commitment to duty, professionalism, accountability, transparency loyalty and patriotism,” President Mnangagwa said.

The ceremony was attended by senior Government officials including Minister of Defence and War Veteran Affairs Oppah Muchinguri, Minister of State Security Owen Ncube and Minister of Home Affairs and Culture Kazembe Kazembe.