Govt fires senior prison officers in ongoing clean up

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Bernard Mpofu

SENIOR Prisons and Correctional Services officers have been forced to go on early retirement as government restructures the country’s security services.

Information gathered by Business Times last night shows that the changes have claimed the scalps of Prisons deputy commissioner general Agrey Huggins Machingauta who was forced into retirement, ZPCS spokesperson Elizabeth Karinda-Banda and Harare Remand Prisons officer-in-charge.

Efforts to get comment from Justice secretary Virginia Mabhiza were in vain.

Early last month, President Emerson Mnangagwa’s administration sacked senior intelligence officers linked to the old dispensation of former President Robert Mugabe as the new administration seeks to align the organisation into the current thinking.

No official reason was given for the firing of the top Central Intelligence Organisation directors, but close sources told the Business Times that the affected were close allies of Mugabe and former CIO Director General Happyton Bonyongwe.

Among the fired are director Counter Intelligence, Musafare Nyamudahondo, Director Technical Affairs Charles Hwekwete and Director Economics Jimias Madzingira.

Before that government also retired Zimbabwe Republic Police senior officers and made several appointments redundant.