Godwin Tandabantu Matanga is a senior Zimbabwean law enforcement officer. Matanga is the current Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police. He was named acting Commissioner-General after long-serving ZRP Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri retired in December 2017. On 12 February 2017, the Public Service Commission announced Matanga's appointment as the substantive Commissioner General.

Godwin Matanga
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Born Godwin Tandabantu Matanga
February 5, 1962
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Commissioner General ZRP



Matanga was born on February 5 1962 in Chipinge.[1]

Participation In Liberation Struggle

In 1978 a 16-year-old Matanga crossed the border into Mozambique where he joined the liberation struggle. He was deployed for training in Romania and Egypt in 1979.[1]


Following his return from Mozambique, Matanga was attested into the Zimbabwe Republic Police as a patrol officer in October 1982. He acquired vast experience in the Zimbabwe Republic Police, rising through the ranks to Deputy Commissioner General in 1992, a rank that he held until his recent elevation to Commissioner of Police.[1]

Battle For Promotion

It was reported that Matanga and Matibiri were battling to succeed Augustine Chihuri. This was before Chihuri's renewal of contract as the Commissioner General in 2011. According to reports the cause for the battle followed the then Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai's statement that Chihuri should leave office.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Elita Chikwati, Matanga now substantive police chief, Herald, published: February 13, 2018, retrieved: February 13, 2018
  2. Matanga, Matibiri battle for top cop job , , Published: 14 September 2011 , Retrieved: 21 December 2017