Fidelis Munyoro and Daniel Nemukuyu
President Mugabe has appointed Advocate Prince Machaya to the post of Attorney-General of Zimbabwe.
In a statement yesterday, Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Mrs Virginia Mabhiza said Adv Machaya is expected to take oath soon in line with the Constitution.
“I write, dear colleague and fellow secretary, to advise that in terms of Section 114 (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, His Excellency, the President has appointed Mr Prince Machaya to the post of the Attorney-General of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” said Mrs Mabhiza.
Adv Machaya had been Deputy Attorney-General since December 2007.
His appointment to the post of AG, said Mrs Mabhiza, would see the expeditious alignment of legislation to the Constitution since this was one of his core functions as AG.
The appointment of Adv Machaya to the post of AG comes at a time when Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, called for acceleration of the realignment of laws to the new Constitution.
Adv Machaya will replace Mr Johannes Tomana who was appointed Prosecutor General in line with the new Constitution which created the two posts. Adv Machaya obtained a Bachelor of Law (Honours) Degree (BL) from the University of Rhodesia (now University of Zimbabwe) in 1975 and went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the same university in 1976.
Adv Machaya holds a National Diploma in Management Studies (Harare Polytechnic) and he was admitted to the Bar as an Advocate of the High Court in 1976.
In 1981, he was admitted to the Side-bar as an attorney of the High Court of Zimbabwe and a Notary Public.
In 1979, Adv Machaya joined Honey and Blackenberg law firm as a professional assistant for three years.
He practiced as a self-employed lawyer from 1981 to 1987.
Adv Machaya joined the Attorney-General’s Office in 1987 where he worked as the Director of the Civil Division for four years.
In May 1991, Adv Machaya joined the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe as assistant general manager (Legal Counsel) before being elevated to become the general manager.
From 1998 to 2004, Adv Machaya served the central bank as Bank Secretary and Director Corporate Services.
Between July 2004 and December 2007, Adv Machaya practiced law as an advocate at Advocates’ Chambers in Harare where he was elected as chairman of the chambers.
In 2007, President Mugabe appointed him as Deputy Attorney-General, the post he held the appointment to AG.
From 1983 to 1987, Adv Machaya served as a trustee on the Law Society Compensation Fund and he was also one of the founding trustees of the Legal Resources Foundation.
Adv Machaya was a member of the Legal Practitioners’ Disciplinary Tribunal from 1985 to 2001.
In 1986, Adv Machaya was part of the six-member committee on the codification of Zimbabwe criminal law chaired by the then Chief Justice Antony Gubbay.
He was once chairman of the Credit Guarantee Company (Private) Limited, a firm jointly owned by RBZ and commercial banks in the country.