Superintendent Phillip Ncube of the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) Masvingo Central District has retired after serving the force for close to 32 years.
Ncube officially left office on June 17 after reaching the mandatory pensionable age for members of the security forces.
He joined ZRP on January 13, 1988 as a patrol officer and was posted to Nyamandhlovu in August 1988. Between 1991 and 1994, he was posted to ZRP Mbembesi before being transferred to Nkayi where he served from 1994-1996.
In 1996, Ncube was promoted to assistant inspector and he worked as Member in Charge ZRP Gwelutshena until 2000. He was posted to ZRP Hwange as Member in Charge Crime from 2000 -2001.
From 2001-2002, Ncube served at CID Hwange and left after being promoted to detective inspector to serve as Officer in Charge at CID Marondera in May 2002.
In August 2002, on request, Ncube was transferred to CID Masvingo as Officer in Charge, and was promoted to detective chief inspector in 2004.
In 2005, he was promoted to superintendent and was posted at CID Serious Frauds Squad investigating such high profile cases that of the State vs Charles Nherera and Bright Matonga (the ZUPCO Saga).
In Dec 2006, Ncube was transferred to Mutare as Officer Commanding CID Law and Order Manicaland province but was transferred back to Masvingo Central District the following year but this time to work as Supt Crime. In 2008, he worked as Supt Admin, in 2010 as Supt Operations and in 2012 as Supt Crime.
In 2015, Ncube served as Supt Admin, as Supt Crime in 2018 and later worked as Supt Admin (Masvingo Central District) before his retirement.
“I have no plans after retirement but I am still fit to serve as a security practitioner for the next four or five years. I will also be doing farming since I benefited from the Land Reform. I have a four-hectare A1 piece of land at Sanangwe Farm,” Ncube told TellZim News in an interview.
When asked about his impression of the police force in the ‘new dispensation’, and whether or not it was fulfilling the expectations of citizens, Ncube said there were notable achievements to note.
“I applaud the new dispensation because there is an improvement in the public’s perception of the police force. Government is also doing its best to improve conditions of service and create a world-class police service,” said Ncube.
Ncube, however, said government should seriously look at providing more resources to capacitate the police to provide better services.
“Some stations like Masvingo Rural which cover farming areas have no motor vehicles. All the five bases; Farmers Hall, Zimuto, Chidzikwe, Nemanwa and Bondolfi are poorly equipped. Most of the time, members use their own resources to accomplish organisational tasks.
“Supervision needs to be enhanced by commanders and supervisors to ensure operational efficiency. There are no vehicles for senior officers and officers-in-charge. If police could be allowed to retain a certain percentage of revenue accrued and channel it towards operational efficiency, we would be able to have a police force that is more responsive to the needs of citizens,” said Ncube.
He said a poorly-remunerated police force was a breeding ground for corruption hence the need to improve salaries to create a sense of honesty in police officers.
“Police members interact with the elite and rich people yet they earn low salaries thus creating a fertile ground for corruption. There is also need to improve accommodation so that such staff as disaster management officers can be found at one place. There is need for continuous training and for the Client Charter to be followed to the letter.
“The corporate world can also assist by coming up with such initiatives as business against crime forums and crime consultative committees. The community must take more interest in such initiatives as neighborhood watch committees, crime watch committees and anti-stock theft committees,” said Ncube.