HISTORY OF THE ZRP NATIONAL SPORTS OFFICE
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The Zimbabwe Republic Police Sports Office was established in August 1991 in the then Welfare and Sports section housed at the Police General Headquarters. By then, the Sports Office was manned by an Assistant Inspector who was acting since the post was that of an Inspector. The retired number 030878 M Chief Inspector Jonga who during that time was an Assistant Inspector, was the first Sports Officer. He was sharing office accommodation with Welfare Officer Ex- woman Assistant Inspector Tsvuura.
In December 1998, the National Sports Office was moved to Z R Police Sports Pavilion former rugby Union Offices in Morris Depot due to lack of office accommodation at PGHQ complex. Following the increased responsibilities and volume of work, the Office was separated from Welfare and Sports Section in May 2003 when the post of Superintendent [Sports] was created to oversee all sporting activities. Superintendent Chizemo was the first Superintendent [Sports]. However, his term of office ran for only two weeks, that is, from 8-23 May 2003, before Chief Inspector Jonga took over the post as Acting Superintendent [Sports] for one year.
On 23 May 2004, a substantive Superintendent [Sports], Superintendent Mudzamiri was posted to head the section. Chief Inspector Jonga then reverted back to his post as the Officer in Charge of the section.
On 3 May 2005, Assistant Inspector Punyuka was posted as the Acting Officer in Charge Sports since Chief Inspector Jonga had retired from the force in February 2005.
Assistant Inspector Punyuka was promoted in 2006 to the rank of an Inspector and remained the acting Officer in Charge with the staff compliment of 01 assistant Inspector, 01 sergeant and 01 constable.
In the year 2008, Superintendent Mudzamiri was transferred to Support Unit and Superintendent Tigere became the new Staff Sports Sports
In the year 2008, Inspector Punyuka was promoted to the rank of a Chief Inspector and remained as the Officer In charge of the section.
In the year 2013, Chief Inspector Punyuka acted as Staff Officer Sports during the absence of Superintendent Tigere who had gone out for United Nations duties, Consequently, Assistant Inspector Kangomba J was the Acting Officer in Charge Sports.
On the 9th of September 2013, Chief Inspector Punyuka was transferred to Southerton Traffic and Chief Inspector Chimukoko. A took over as the Officer in Charge on 1 October 2013.
In July 2015, Chief Superintendent Mudzamiri was transferred back to Sports Office as Staff Officer Sports, Superintendent Tigere became Superintendent Sports.
In March 2019, Chief Superintendent Mudzamiri retired from the organisation and Superintendent Tigere was appointed Acting Staff Officer Sports.
Roles of the Office
- To plan, organize and coordinate all sporting activities, courses and seminars within the Z R Police.
The office co-ordinates and manage 18 sporting codes namely: - Angling, Athletics, Chess, Cricket, Darts, First Aid, Golf, Netball, Powerlifting, Pool, Rugby, Shooting, Soccer, Squash, swimming, Table tennis, Tennis and volleyball. Sporting competitions/ galas used to be held in all the 14 Police Provinces on a rotational basis of late, due to financial constraints, the tournament is being hosted in Harare.
The office is financially supported by the organisation and also does fundraising activities and receives donations from the corporate world. The major financial contributor is the Casino License issued annually courtesy of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
NOTABLE MAJOR ACHIEVEMENTS/SUCCESSES
Since the establishment of the National Sports Office, the following achievements were recorded:-