By Mhlomuli Ncube
Retired Major General Paradzai Zimondi has officially handed over the reins at the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS), to incoming Commissioner-General Moses Chihobvu.
The man who was the organisation’s first black Commissioner General, Retired Major General Paradzai Zimondi bade farewell with a full sense of satisfaction for the journey he walked at the helm of ZPCS.
“Growth and change are inevitable. When the time has come one must go. I have selflessly served my nation. The time has come for me to retire into civilian life.”
Incoming Commissioner-General Moses Chihobvu pledged to build on his predecessor’s excellent record as he takes over the leadership mantle.
“This is a historical day in the ZPCS. Thank you to President Mnangagwa for his confidence in me. I undertake to steer this ship with diligence and to promote Vision2030.”
Under the parent Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, the ZPCS transformation from being a punitive approach based organisation to emphasising rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders was a remarkable achievement under Retired Major General Zimondi’s leadership.
“We are delighted to witness the changeover of command. This gives a resounding farewell to Zimondi for a job well done as ZPCS commander,” said Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Hon Ziyambi Ziyambi.
The handover – takeover of the ZPCS command was conducted at the depots’ parade square in Ntabazinduna.
After handover and takeover speeches by both the incoming and outgoing leaders, in the presence of the Chief Witnessing Officer, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, the oath of appointment and certificates were also signed in the full view of those attending the event.