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Prosecutors’ suspension extended


THE Public Service Commission (PSC) has extended to January next year the suspension of five Zimbabwe Law Officers’ Association (Ziloa) members.

Report by Feluna Nleya

Prosecutors Dereck Charamba, Leopold Mudisi, Patrobs Dube, Mehluli Tshuma and Musekiwa Mbanje were dismissed by the Attorney-General (AG) last year for allegedly leading a two-week nationwide strike by prosecutors.

A letter to the law officers signed by the PSC secretary Pretty Sunguro reads in part: “The commission on October 15, 2012 extended your suspension order by another three months, thus from October 19, 2012 to January 18 2013.” The prosecutors last week attended a disciplinary hearing in Gweru chaired by Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs ministry secretary Virginia Mabhiza.

Deputy AG Florence Ziyambi, acting director of public prosecution Tawanda Zvekare, director of human resources Maxwell Ranga and chief law officer Michael Mugabe testified at the hearing.

Prosecutors went on strike last year demanding a review of their salaries and conditions of service.

Demonstrations were staged outside AG Johannes Tomana’s Harare office and at the magistrates’ courts around the country.

Tomana first charged the five with defiance, misconduct and inciting other employees to stage an illegal work boycott before serving them with letters withdrawing his authority to approve them as prosecutorial agents.

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