Mnangagwa mum on Tomana arrest

VICE-President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday refused to be drawn into explaining issues pertaining to the arrest of Prosecutor-General (PG) Johannes Tomana before Parliament during the question-and-answer session, saying the matter is sub judice.



MDC-T legislators Amos Chibaya (Mkoba) and Nelson Chamisa (Kuwadzana East) demanded an explanation from the VP saying the arrest of Tomana was unconstitutional.
“The Constitution is very clear that the Prosecutor-General’s Office is independent, and what is the government position on his [Tomana’s] arrest given that no one must interfere with his prosecutorial role?” Chibaya said.

Chamisa then further challenged the VP to answer the question, arguing that explaining the constitutionality of government interference with the PG’s independence was not the issue currently before the courts.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to give an opposite conclusion with my learned colleague [the VP] because what Chibaya is asking is not what is currently before the courts. The practice of infraction and perforation of section 199 of the Constitution, which gives powers to Parliament to ensure the Constitution is respected, is what he is asking to be explained.

“At the moment what we are seeing is relegation of that practice and acting in a manner that is unconstitutional. The Minister of Justice should give us a just answer, and I know we cannot expect anything less than justice from the Justice minister,” he said.

Mnangagwa replied: “The honourable learned junior MP has spoken well, but currently the matter is sub judice and cannot be debated. Time will come when we will debate the issue, but for now, the matter is in court, which means we are respecting the rule of law.”

Meanwhile, Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda read the riot act on truant ministers saying Parliament would not tolerate their absence during Wednesday’s question-and-answer sessions.

This was after Musikavanhu MP Prosper Mutseyami (MDC-T) questioned the continuous absence of ministers during question-and-answer sessions.

“We have three ministers who have sought an apology and I am not sure what is happening with the rest. This becomes the last appeal, which means next week we will then proceed with contempt of Parliament charges on truant ministers in terms of section 107 (2) of the Constitution,” Mudenda said.

Ministers later trickled into the House, but most of them left before questions with notice (written) were responded to, prompting Mutseyami to demand another explanation from Mnangagwa.

“The observations by the MP is apt and worthy. I believe that ministers should sit through the end of question time. I will advise my colleagues to observe that requirement,” Mnangagwa said.

Public Service deputy minister Tapiwanashe Matangaidze was asked to explain government programmes to feed starving Zimbabweans, given reports that some villagers were surviving on okra and meat from dying livestock.

“We are doing another survey to find additional people that need food aid compared to the 1,5 million we had last year. This number has since increased. As we speak right now, government has availed $200 million targeted at acquiring maize to address food requirements.”

7 Responses to Mnangagwa mum on Tomana arrest

  1. vhivha Zimbabwe February 4, 2016 at 9:06 am #

    thats cheap politicking which is meant to boost the media money coffers thru high sales of the newspaper. why would you say ‘Mnangagwa mum on Tomana arrest’ if u ar not meant to draw pipo into thinking that tomana’s arrest is linked to mnangagwa’s intentions to push his way into the presidence… Cant yu pipo leave Mnangagwa alone and give us news which promote social cohesion rather than disintegrating it.

    • Dzimbahwe February 4, 2016 at 12:53 pm #

      there is nothing wrong in that headline.

  2. mukuru February 4, 2016 at 9:14 am #

    ndizvozvo;stop creating impressions or attempting to sensationalise

  3. Rt Brigadier February 4, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    What sensationalisation are you talking about? The VP or whatever he is, was asked a question about the PG’s arrest. He refused to answer the question on grounds that the matter cannot be discussed because its currently before the Courts! This paper reported it as it is! SO where is the áttempt to sensationalise? By the way do you really know the definition of news? You may help yourself if you know the definition of news. But to help you start, please news is news whether it promotes social cohesion (whatever you mean by that) or not!
    SO the facts: The VP refused to answer a question on the arrest of the PG
    The PG was arrested on Monday
    The PG is gvt top lawyer who also sits in cabinet and so his arrest is a public issue relating to the operations of this office
    This paper reported it as it is!!

  4. Luckmore Makururu February 4, 2016 at 3:30 pm #

    Jesus had answered every question or any question he was asked without citing ‘sub judice’.Who are we not to answer questions.

    • Biggie Taapatsi February 4, 2016 at 5:08 pm #

      And just where does Jesus come in here, nxa!

  5. Seh kush February 4, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    OHHH nooooooooooo

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