To­mana to ap­pear be­fore tri­bunal hear­ing

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

SUS­PENDED Pros­e­cu­tor-Gen­eral Jo­hannes To­mana is to­day ex­pected to ap­pear be­fore a dis­ci­plinary tri­bunal to de­ter­mine his suit­abil­ity to con­tinue hold­ing the esteemed of­fice.

To­mana is fac­ing a num­ber of charges, in­clud­ing de­fy­ing court orders.

Ac­cord­ing to re­li­able sources, the hear­ing will be held at a Harare ho­tel.

Re­tired High Court judge Jus­tice Moses Chin­hengo chairs the three-mem­ber tri­bunal. The other mem­bers are Univer­sity of Zim­babwe Dean of Law Mr Em­manuel Ma­gade and a city lawyer Ms Melina Mat­shiya.

The in­quiry is ex­pected to be con­cluded within three months from the com­mence­ment date.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe set up the tri­bunal fol­low­ing rec­om­men­da­tions from the Ju­di­cial Ser­vice Com­mis­sion in ac­cor­dance with Sec­tion 187(3) of the Con­sti­tu­tion of Zim­babwe.

JSC made rec­om­men­da­tions to the Pres­i­dent in May this year for the es­tab­lish­ment of a tri­bunal to in­ves­ti­gate and assess whether Mr To­mana is still fit to hold his of­fice.

Mr To­mana is cur­rently fac­ing seven charges of crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice at the Harare mag­is­trates’ court.

Last year in Oc­to­ber, Mr To­mana was slapped with a 30-day jail term for con­tempt of court af­ter he de­fied court orders to is­sue cer­tifi­cates for the pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion of Bikita West leg­is­la­tor Dr Mun­yaradzi Kereke, and Tele­cel share­holder Dr Jane Mu­tasa.

The sen­tence was wholly set aside on con­di­tion that he com­plied with the court orders and is­sued pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion cer­tifi­cates to Mr Fran­cis Maramwidze and Tele­cel within 10 days, or he would be barred from prac­tic­ing as a lawyer in Zim­babwe.

Kereke has since been jailed an ef­fec­tive 10 years for rap­ing an 11-year-old rel­a­tive while Mu­tasa’s charges of swin­dling the com­pany of air­time recharge cards worth mil­lions of dol­lars were dropped.

Mr Mor­gan Ts­van­gi­rai

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