AMHVoices:Tomana’s arrest unprocedural

Prosecutor-General (PG), Johannes Tomana

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) notes the arrest of the Prosecutor-General (PG), Johannes Tomana, last week on Monday and his appearance at the Harare Magistrates’ Court on charges of abuse of office.

Jacob Mafume,PDP National Spokesperson

Prosecutor-General (PG), Johannes Tomana
Prosecutor-General (PG), Johannes Tomana

While we are tempted to say the chickens are coming home to roost, we, however, must hasten to add that Tomana, as the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), should show gratitude to the call by democratic forces in ensuring that the independence of the work of the Prosecutor General as enshrined in the new Constitution.

The people of Zimbabwe have also been against the abuse of section 121 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act. On countless occasions, Tomana became an enthusiastic abuser of the justice delivery system by prosecuting lawyers on false charges of obstructing the course of justice. These are the same charges that he is now being charged with at the criminal courts.

We cannot be seen celebrating the abuse of the Constitution by the police and intelligence officers simply because some feel Tomana deserves to be arrested.

As a country, we must build a new constitutional dispensation through respect of the Constitution and offices such as that of the NPA.

We strongly condemn the abuse of a constitutional office by any person for personal and selfish gains.


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