NPA board reconstituted

Ms Tecla Mapota

Ms Tecla Mapota

Herald Reporter
Acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed Harare lawyer Ms Tecla Mapota to sit on the National Prosecuting Authority board, replacing Harare lawyer Mr Tawanda Chitapi who was recently appointed High Court judge.

Mr Chitapi became High Court judge after he was one of the successful candidates following an interview conducted by the Judicial Service Commission which recommended his name to President Mugabe.

The announcement is contained in a Government Gazette published last Friday.

“It is hereby notified, in terms of section 5 of the National Prosecuting Authoruty Act (Chapter 7:20) that the Honourable Vice President and Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs has appointed Ms Tecla Mapota to be a member of the National Prosecuting Authority Board, for a period of five years, with effect from the date of publication of this general notice in the Gazette,” read the notice.

The NPA board is constituted by nine members who were appointed in December 2014 following the passage of the NPA Act.

The board members are expected to hold office for five years.

The NPA board is chaired by Prosecutor General Mr Johannes Tomana, deputised by Mrs Florence Ziyambi.

Other members are legal practitioners and officers drawn from several Government ministries as required by the enabling Act.

Government promulgated the NPA Act as part of efforts to realign laws with the new Constitution.

Some of its functions are to provide for the appointment of a national director of public prosecutions, administration of the authority, conditions of service of its members and the transfer of persons from the civil service to the NPA.

The board will be responsible for administering and supervising the NPA and appointing and disciplining its prosecutors and other staff members.

In exercising its responsibilities, the board will be subject to general policy directives issued by the Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in terms of clause 14 of the NPA Act.

The board will submit annual reports to the minister who will lay them before Parliament.

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