State threatens crackdown

ATTORNEY-GENERAL Johannes Tomana yesterday threatened a crackdown on perceived saboteurs of State interests, saying police and security agents would henceforth dump tolerance.

Report by Mernat Mafirakurewa

He said law enforcement agents would come hard on perceived economic saboteurs and warned “things are now going to be done differently” in as far as law enforcement and security was concerned.

“If we truly want this country to experience this hope that we are a secure country, an orderly country,  a developing country, we need to upgrade our law enforcement and I want to share with you that from the security side, from the law enforcement side of this country, things are now going to be done differently.  That level of tolerance is now suspended. I wish to advise accordingly,” said a stern-faced Tomana.

The AG was addressing guests at a breakfast meeting in Harare when he made a belated response to a question raised at the recent diamond indaba in Victoria Falls.

A delegate had questioned if the country did not have laws to punish people that made remarks such as those made against Zimbabwe’s Marange diamonds, which resulted in the international community questioning the cleanliness of the gems.

“We actually as a country have more than enough laws to protect
us against all forms of violations against our interests . . . that is the right to life, for example . . . you can’t be killed and that person gets away with it . . .”

“Our economy is protected by the way. Anybody who threatens our economic interests violates the law and the laws are there. Anybody who threatens our security interests as a nation is violating the law and we have those laws,” said Tomana.

“Why do we not seem to see those laws stopping what is clearly a demonstrable offence against those interests?
“Let me tell you straight on: In trying to be tolerant, there has been a very tolerant manner of response to crime in this country.”

The tough-talking Tomana singled out pro-democracy civic society groups for allegedly violating the country’s security laws and making offensive statements under the banner of democracy.

“For the record, I am sure you remember particularly those from civic society, they have gone on record to actually say those laws that protect us are bad laws and because they are bad laws, they can be ignored and that is the reason why you would see people violating those laws in the name of democracy, the right to do those things that violate the law.”

Tomana has in the past warned that people implicated in the United States diplomatic cables leaked on whistleblowing website WikiLeaks as having called for or encouraged the imposition of sanctions against Zimbabwe would be investigated and if found guilty, would be charged with treason.

The AG even set up a committee of lawyers to investigate those implicated, but up to now, nothing has been heard of that committee or its findings.

Tomana has also openly declared his allegiance to Zanu PF, raising the ire of other political players who argue that as AG, such a stance would make him politically biased in the execution of his duties.

18 Responses to State threatens crackdown

  1. mbonisi November 22, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Once again, Gukurahundism on the rise – surely how does an Attorney General speak like this? Where in the word do we have an Attorney General playing politics like this when he is supposedly a civil servant?

  2. John weku Mabvuku November 22, 2012 at 10:05 am #

    Mbo, your know all attitude irks, Read again the question posed referred to civic society’s publication of a long list of alleged atrocities, illegal plunder of our diamonds and rampant looting by those in power, suposedly Va Mpofu nevamwe. The publication was made in London on the eve of the Zimbabwe Diamond conference. The same people were allowed to present their role in the diamond industry, notwithstanding their authorship of the said article. The Challenge was proof, the audience didnt get any so revoking the law was the next logical step hence the AG’s response. be informed.

  3. mbonisi November 22, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    @ John weku Mabvuku

    Exactly my point, this is not the role of an Attorney General. His role is to prosecute. He is delving in the area of the police. If there is or was any wrondoing, let the police investigate, charge and let him as the AG then come in and decide whether to prosecute or not – that is his role. Anything else is Gukurahundism. He should not be making threats with political overtones – he is not a politician, but a civil servant.

    • makorokoza November 22, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Thanks mbonisi,
      Remind Tomana and vana John kuti his role is to prosecute chete.He must’nt talk like he is the president.Anywhere he is having his last days in the office,after elections he is goneeee.

  4. saint November 22, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Johannes Tomana Tomama, national security interests are not only threatened by those civic groups who lobied for sanctiions against Baboon Mugabe and his midgets,.those who pilfer diamonds money are equally saboteurs ,Treasonable offenses have been committed by Nyikayaramba, Chinamasa, Sibanda etc coz they seek to cause untold despondency among the people and even want to subvert the will of the nation. real threats to national security interests. Act Tomana, act now.

  5. mbonisi November 22, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Jabulani Sibanda goes around Gukurahunding innocent villagers is that not threatening national security? What if the villagers decided they have had enough and start organising for an insurrection?

    Its all Gukurahundi politics of selective application of the law.

    • sizabantu November 22, 2012 at 11:36 am #

      For once i agree with you Cde Mbonisi Gukurahundi . Tomana is overzealous , excited for nothing or both to such an extent that he is taking the job of the investigating authorities , how will he prosecute with impartiality if he claims the role of being the investigative officer, prosecutor , magistrate and prison officer he must know his bounds . Thats the problem when a sworn ZANU PF member assumes a public office , he drags with him the violent and empty ZANU PF ideology into his job

  6. John weku Mabvuku November 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Vakomana yu are turning this platform into an MDC hate speech publication, The AG had to respond in context, why perpetrators are not being prosecuted, that is within his mandate. Treasonable utterances and activities have been made by MDC leaders to global audiences, the AG had to explain why they are not being brought before the courts. Let us not interpret statutes in a partisan way, Securocrats are qualified to define National Security and not all of us. Chidwzitism, to counter Mbo’s Gukurahundism, as an ideology is prehyrric as we all know,Musangotaura to pander to assumed populism. Vamwe hatisi ZANU PF nor any type of MDC but true proud patriots.

  7. Chiedza Nyika November 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    Abii angu, the peddling of the said lies to me would indicate that there is a communication gap. Pane zvinhu zvirikuvanzwa that is why pachiita makuhwa. The authorities involved should just respond correcting the wrong speculations. Unovhundukei chati kwatara.

  8. mbonisi November 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm #

    @sizabantu

    How can I be a Gukurahundi when I don’t belong to the Gukurahundi party, have never been a member or supported it or voted for it all my life?

    And, unlike the Gukurahundis, I also don’t have Gukurahundi tendencies as I stand for NATIONAL INCLUSIVITY AND UNITY IN DIVERSITY!

    • reason November 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm #

      veduwee, kana mukadzi wako wemumba akatukwa, unotorwisana newatuka wacho, saka vanhu vanotuka, nekunyeba vopiwa tumari asi economy ichi suffer voitwa sei? Honestly as a nation we need patriotism whereever we can. zvino if we let people do all those things wich damage our reputation, chokwadi ne nhema zvongonzi zvakafanana, we commiting suicide. hatimbo rega zve partisan politics, chokwadi chotorwa sechokwadi, manyepo sama nyepo. Tomana is right on this one, but i know he doesnt have the capacity to act.

  9. Simba November 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm #

    Dont just hate Tomana ,there is really nothing wrough with what he said,he responded 2 a quastion and his answer is what i would expct frm any patriotic Zimbo.Wake up Zimbabwe

  10. Zimbabwean November 22, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Nomatter the question Tomana has been asked, he must answer in line with his duties. He is not the police spokesperson anyway. For clarification, read the comment by Sizabantu.

  11. Ngalongwalo November 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm #

    There has never been tolerance anywhere, what tollerance is he talking about, day dreamer, he forgets things that happen the moment he speaks or a split secong after. At times its better to keep quiet than to display your bloody ignorance and and stupidity in front of millions, dOES HE REALLY THINK WITH HIS HEAD OR ANOTHER PART OF HIS BODY

  12. Muchamama November 22, 2012 at 3:03 pm #

    F u are asked a controversial qn the answer z there and simply: ‘I CANT COMMENT ON THAT ONE’.

  13. mbonisi November 22, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Tomama is a Gukurahundi, don’t expect anything better!

  14. Chris Gaza November 22, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    why are people referring to everything as Gukurahundi

  15. nhora one two sing November 22, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    an attorney general should be apolitical.

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