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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:-
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A no nonsense Matemera in one of his international assignments
Zimbabwe Republic Police’s Assistant Inspector, Norman Matemera, and Sergeant Major, Luckson Mhara, capped a stellar 2018 football season with flying colours as they were voted Castle Lager Premier Soccer League Referee (CLPSL) and Assistant Referee of the year 2018, respectively.
Matemera, who is the only Zimbabwean referee currently on CAF Elite B panel, was voted the 2018 CLPSL Referee of the year for the first time in his career.
Matemera recently shot to fame for turning down a $USD 10 000 bribe to fix a Confederation of African Football (CAF) Confederations Cup game between Deportivo Niefang of Equatorial Guinea and Williamsville AC of Ivory Coast on April 18, 2018 in Equatorial Guinea.
The referee lodged a report to Africa’s football governing body, Confederation of African Football (CAF) also accused the Match Commissioner of coercing him to take the bribe.
Deportivo Niafeng, who won the match in question 2-1, crashed out of the competition on a 3-2 aggregate loss having initially lost 2-0 to the Ivorians in their first leg.
Matemera’s rare ethics earned him headlines across the continent for the abject shenanigans for which he was awarded a whopping US$5000 for the show in his home country by former Zimbabwe Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister, Cde Obert Mpofu, Permanent Secretary of Home Affairs, Mr Melusi Matshiya and Commissioner General of Police, Godwin Matanga.
Matemera had been promoted to the CAF Elite B panel a year before, in 2017, at a course held in Cameroon.
He is the only centre man among three Zimbabwean referees on the CAF Elite B panel, the level which allows him to handle any other CAF matches except Africa Cup of Nations matches which need members of the CAF Elite A panel. The other two Zimbabwean referees on the same level with Matemera are Assistant Referee, Thomas Kusosa, and the recently promoted lady centre referee, Mercy Mayimbo.
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Zimbabwe Republic Police Support Unit Men’s Volleyball team powered past highly fancied University of Zimbabwe side to clinch its first ever Confederation of African Volleyball (CAVB) Zone VI Championship. The tournament was recently held at Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF) in Bulawayo.
The final match in the men’s category was an all Zimbabwe affair and it was expected to be a cracker considering that both teams had not lost a match on their way to the final.
Despite losing one of its star players, Keith Machekaire to injury in their first match, ZRP Support Unit displayed classic volleyball with clinical finishes especially from Charles Nyamasve and Cuthbert Sixpence. ZRP Support Unit won all their group matches to finish top of Pool B with 11 points ahead of University of Johannesburg who were on 8 points. Other teams in Pool B were, Indeni from Zambia, Botswana Defence Forces (BDF) VI and Spartans from Zimbabwe.
In quarter finals, ZRP Support Unit locked horns with determined Green Eagles of Zambia. The match proved to be the toughest one, for the team as it was decided in the last set. After leading comfortably in the first two sets, ZRP Support Unit surrendered the lead in fourth set after Green Eagles made a spectacular comeback forcing the match to be decided in the fifth set. In the end, ZRP Support Unit won the match 3-2 earning a place in the semi-final and a ticket to represent CAVB Zone VI at CAVB Club Championship games to be held in Egypt in February 2018.
The semi-final match against Red Skins of Lesotho was not so tough for the star studded ZRP Support Unit. Quickly, they led two sets winning all of them with a considerable margin. However, things briefly fell apart in set number 3 which was won by Red Skins pushing the match to the fourth set where the team from the mountainous Kingdom of Lesotho failed to contain powerful spikes from Mabhinya.
As usual ZRP Support Unit were first to grab the lead in the highly tense final match
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Reigning Mr ZRP heavy weight body builder, Simbarashe Nyamukondiwa of Depot Province has competed for the first time at Mr Zimbabwe Bodybuilding Heavyweight Championships.
Nyamukondiwa who took part in the Senior Men Bodybuilding Heavy Weight Category, came fifth out of 10, in a competition dominated by foreign based athletes.
It was no mean achievement for the 26-year-old athlete who said his participation has encouraged and motivated him to aim for gold.
The competition held under the auspices of the National Federation of Zimbabwe Body Building and Fitness (NFZBBF) at 7Arts Theatre in Harare attracted the crème de la crème in the sport.
The body builder, however, decried lack of sponsorship which has seen him training with insufficient equipment.
“I was competing with foreign based athletes who have sponsors contrary to my situation where I am sponsoring myself. At the same time, I am using a gym that has old equipment,” he said.
Nyamukondiwa said the competition was tense to the extent that some of the seasoned local based body builders ended up withdrawing from the competition as they were intimidated by the presence of foreign athletes.
“Most of my peers developed cold feet at the eleventh hour after realizing that they were veteran international athletes. As a result, only 10 participants contested for the coveted prize and I was the only local based athlete,” he said.
Champion Mbewe, the Botswana based body builder was the ultimate winner, landing the Mr Zimbabwe title. Paul Goredema came second, while Thembikosi Lunga came third.
Speaking to The Outpost, Nyamukondiwa’s trainer, Alec Jaure, who is also a national Body Building and Fitness Judge and Chairperson of Harare Body Building Association commended the athlete, saying he was a humble student who is willing to learn.
“Nyamukondiwa is taking body building to greater heights and with his potential he is set to be a national champion in the near future,” he said.
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One of Zimbabwe Republic Police’s top athlete, Luckson Mhara capped 2017 on a high note after being voted the second referee runner up at the Castle Premier Soccer League Awards held in Harare recently.
Mhara, a Sergeant Major stationed at Harare Central Business District (CBD) Traffic Section was ecstatic about the win but was quick to point out that he is aiming to be the best referee in the country.
“I am happy for the achievement, but my main aim is to improve and scoop better awards in the next season,” he said.
During the just ended season Mhara officiated four international matches. These are Supersport United of South Africa versus Elgeco Plus of Madagascar, Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland versus Platinum Stars of South Africa and Royal United of Rwanda versus Rivers United of Nigeria.
He also presided over two international friendly matches, Zimbabwe versus Zambia and South Africa versus Zambia.
In local premiership, he was also the arbitrator in matches between Dynamos and Caps United and the Chibuku Super Cup Final featuring Harare City and How Mine.
Mhara, who is a Class 1 FIFA Referee and one of ZRP’s brand ambassadors, started refereeing in 2006