Zim Prosecutors Invoke Supernatural Powers In Fight Against Crime

By Professor Matodzi

Harare, December 16, 2013 – The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says it is banking on supernatural help in its bid to fight rising criminal incidents in Zimbabwe.

In a congratulatory message issued following the recent appointment of Tomana as the Prosecutor-General, the NPA and the Attorney-General (AG)’s office appealed to God for divine intervention to bless the head of the NPA to effectively execute his job in order to curb crime in the country and create a crime free Zimbabwe.

“We share your vision towards the transformation of the NPA and we believe the Almighty God shall continue to favour you with the divine wisdom to lead the NPA without fear or favour and steer it to greater heights. We wish you every success in your appointment,” reads part of the statement.

Tomana was sworn in as the Prosecutor-General last month in compliance with the provisions of the new constitution which separates the functions of the AG and the NPA. Prior to his appointment to lead the NPA, he acted as the AG.

Human rights groups have welcomed the creation of the NPA saying it is a “good practice that will allow for increased public scrutiny of, and accountability for, the actions of the prosecutorial authority.”

Under the constitution, Tomana is expected to carry out his mandate in a non-partisan manner, not to further the interests of any one political party or cause and not to prejudice the lawful interests of any other political party or cause.

During his tenure as AG, the MDC-T party and other civil society organisations bickered with President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party over the partisan discharge of his functions as he was perceived to the Zanu PF party sympathiser.

Tomana’s critics charge that the prosecutorial authorities in Zimbabwe remain grossly unprofessional, partisan, and biased against human rights lawyers and defenders, whose rights they remain intent on violating.

They point out at the recent acquittal of prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa who had been on trial for allegedly obstructing justice as yet another proven example of the abuse of criminal prosecution powers by the NPA, and the continued waste of scarce taxpayers’ resources on such malicious prosecutions.

Tomana, who has publicly declared his support for Zanu PF denies that he is biased towards the ruling party.

Tomana’s critics charge that the prosecutorial authorities in Zimbabwe remain grossly unprofessional, partisan, and biased against human rights lawyers and defenders, whose rights they remain intent on violating.

 

They point out at the recent acquittal of prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa who had been on trial for allegedly obstructing justice as yet another proven example of the abuse of criminal prosecution powers by the NPA, and the continued waste of scarce taxpayers’ resources on such malicious prosecutions.