Chihuri fired as ZRP boss; Chiwenga retires pending Vice President appointment

ZIMBABWE military chief Constantino Chiwenga, who led the de facto coup that ended Robert Mugabe’s 37-year rule last month, is set to retire, the government said on Monday, paving the way towards his widely anticipated appointment as vice president.

Chiwenga is the top contender to become new President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s deputy, one of two posts Mnangagwa has promised to fill in the next few days. Army Commander Phillip Sibanda will succeed Chiwenga as defence forces chief, a statement said.

In other developments, ZRP boss Augustine Chihuri is also leaving the force.

“Commissioner General of Police, Dr Augustine Chihuri started his leave on 15th December, 2017, pending his retirement from the service," said secretary to the president and cabinet Misheck Sibanda in a statement.

“Deputy Commissioner General Cde Godwin Matanga has been appointed Acting Commissioner General of Zimbabwe Republic Police."

The statement also announced General Sibanda's replacement as army commander.

“Ambassador Major General Edzai Absolom Chanyuka Chimoyo has been promoted to the rank of Lieutanant General, and assumes the post of Commander, Zimbabwe National Army.

“Before his latest promotion and appointment, Major General Chimoyo was on secondment to the then Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Zimbabwe`s Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania, with multiple accreditation to the Republics of Burundi and Rwanda,”

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