The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has reportedly instituted a mass transfer of senior officers countrywide, a development that has raised eyebrows as this has been done a few months before general elections.
According to NewsDay, ZRP has transferred at least 66 top officers from various provinces.
The affected officers are expected to report to their new stations by 3 March.
A leaked police memo showed that officers affected in the transfer were senior cops ranking from an assistant inspector, superintendent, sergeant and constable among others.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi on Friday said he was not aware of the memorandum.
Political analyst Vivid Gwede told NewsDay that history shows that transfers in the police force have sometimes been done “in bad faith to punish or reward police officers”. He said:
However, having senior officers attending the ZANU PF ideological school is unconstitutional.
It is also a threat to the rule of law and justice, which require impartiality by law enforcement institutions.