Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana Suspended

PROSECUTOR General Johannes Tomana’s fall from grace continued on Thursday when President Robert Mugabe suspended him from the influential job to allow a Tribunal to determine his fate.

President Mugabe immediately installed top lawyer, Ray Goba as acting PG.

Tomana faces criminal abuse of office charges after he allegedly sanctioned the dropping of criminal charges against two soldiers linked to an attempted bombing at President Mugabe’s dairy farm.

President Mugabe also swore in three members of the Tribunal to determine Tomana’s fate.

The Tribunal would be chaired by Retired Judge Moses Chinhengo who will be assisted by Emmanuel Magade and Elinah Machiya.

The controversial prosecution boss, who once caused a stir within legal circles when he revealed he was a Zanu PF supporter, has been in an out of the courts to try and clear his name.

Critics say Tomana’s troubles were not just limited to his professional mistakes but to Zanu PF succession politics.

Tomana’s world started crumbling around him when his name was linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s camp within Zanu PF.

The camp has been under siege for allegedly colluding to oust President Mugabe as Zanu PF leader.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights has condemned Tomana’s prosecution which it says was a violation of the separation of powers doctrine.

“The independence of the prosecutorial authority in Zimbabwe is constitutionally protected,” said ZLHR in a statement when Tomana was arrested early this year.

“Further safeguards exist under regional and international law. These provisions empower prosecutions to exercise their functions impartially and without fear or favour. As the head of the National Prosecuting Authority, the Prosecutor General is entitled to such prosecution.”

Meanwhile, Mugabe also took time to swear in Commissioners to form the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission, the Zimbabwe Land Commission, the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission, as well as the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission.