Goba gets nod to re­cruit 102 lawyers

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Daniel Ne­mukuyu Se­nior Court Re­porter

NEWLY-AP­POINTED Pros­e­cu­tor-Gen­eral (PG)Ad­vo­cate Ray Goba says his of­fice in­tends to re­cruit 102 young lawyers to work as pros­e­cu­tors, a de­vel­op­ment that should end the sec­ond­ment of mem­bers of uni­formed forces to the prose­cu­tion.

The re­cruit­ment by the un­der­staffed Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Author­ity (NPA) will come with new con­di­tions of ser­vice for de­greed pros­e­cu­tors in terms of NPA’s salary struc­ture.

The author­ity will pro­mote long-serv­ing and hard­work­ing pros­e­cu­tors who were not be­ing el­e­vated over the years due to fi­nan­cial con­straints.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with The Her­ald yes­ter­day, Adv Goba said his of­fice this week got the green light to re­cruit young lawyers af­ter Trea­sury of­fi­cially ap­proved an estab­lish­ment of 417 lawyers for the NPA.

Pre­vi­ously, the NPA op­er­ated with 315 pros­e­cu­tors, some of whom were non-de­greed.

“Trea­sury this week for­mally and of­fi­cially ap­proved our pro­fes­sional estab­lish­ment of 417 pros­e­cu­tors.

“We al­ready had 315 pros­e­cu­tors coun­try­wide and this means we will now re­cruit 102 more. In terms of Sec­tion 9 of the NPA Act, we will re­cruit de­greed staff only, who qual­ify to ap­pear be­fore any court of law,” said Adv Goba.

“Re­cruit­ment of the 102 is ex­pected to be the an­swer to con­cerns raised by many peo­ple of po­lice, army and prison ser­vice pros­e­cu­tors. We will be able to re­cruit young lawyers who are cur­rently un­em­ployed and make the con­di­tions at­trac­tive to re­tain them,” he said.

Adv Goba said the NPA would also re­cruit 55 civil­ian pro­fes­sion­als for its administration to re­duce the num­ber of per­son­nel sec­onded from the uni­formed agen­cies.

“We will also re­cruit pro­fes­sion­als in the ar­eas of hu­man re­sources, fi­nance, administration and oth­ers. Once we are done with this, the NPA will be com­pletely a civil­ian ser­vice,” said Adv Goba.

The PG said his of­fice will try to boost the morale of long serv­ing, hard­work­ing and loyal pros­e­cu­tors through pro­mo­tions.

“Some peo­ple have not been pro­moted for years de­spite work­ing hard and serv­ing with

dis­tinc­tion. We will up­grade them as a way of boost­ing their morale. We will do that through per­for­mance ap­praisals,” he said.

Adv Goba de­fended the sec­ond­ment of the mil­i­tary staff to the NPA’s sec­re­tar­iat dur­ing the tran­si­tional pe­riod say­ing it was nec­es­sary.

“We have not had prob­lems with the mem­bers sec­onded from the mil­i­tary forces to the NPA. They came here to as­sist the NPA be­cause it did not have per­son­nel to run the administration con­sid­er­ing it only con­sisted of lawyers.

“When the NPA was es­tab­lished, Gov­ern­ment had no funds to re­cruit civil­ians hence we were bailed out by the mil­i­tary who sec­onded their pro­fes­sion­als here.

“Some are even as­sist­ing us in the prose­cu­tion sec­tion due to the short­age in that area. The of­fi­cers are well-dis­ci­plined and are do­ing well,” said Adv Goba.

The PG said the NPA board would soon con­vene to de­lib­er­ate on how best the re­cruit­ment of the 157 staff would be done.

He said the new recruits would be spread across the NPA’s 55 sta­tions coun­try­wide.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe caps Chief Ephias Mun­odawafa (Chief Murinye), who grad­u­ated with a Bach­e­lor of Law de­gree at the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe, yes­ter­day. — (See story on Page 2 and more pic­tures on Page 6). — (Pic­ture by John Man­zongo)

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