Ray Goba appointed Prosecutor-General

Adv Ray Hamilton Goba

Adv Ray Hamilton Goba

Tendai Mugabe Senior Reporter—
PRESIDENT Mugabe has — with immediate effect — appointed Advocate Ray Hamilton Goba as substantive Prosecutor-General (PG) following the dismissal of Mr Johannes Tomana on account of gross incompetence and misconduct. Adv Goba took part in public interviews conducted by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to select a substantive PG last month. After the interviews, JSC in terms of the Constitution, submitted names of the best three to President Mugabe for final appointment.


Seven candidates who include Messrs Charles Chinyama, Misheck Hogwe, Wil­son Ta­tenda Manase, Peter Mu­funda, Ms Teclar Mapota and Mrs Florence Ziyambi, were eyeing the top post. One candidate, Mr Ja­cob Manzunzu, with­drew from the race.

Dr Misheck Sibanda

Dr Misheck Sibanda

In an extra ordinary Government Gazette General Notice 493 of 2017 published yesterday, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda said: “It is hereby notified that His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe has appointed Ray Hamilton Goba as the Prosecutor-General with immediate effect.” Adv Goba was acting PG since the suspension of Mr Tomana in July last year.

Justice Chinhengo

Justice Chinhengo

The decision by President Mugabe comes after a disciplinary tribunal chaired by Retired High Court judge Justice Moses Chinhengo found Mr Tomana unfit and no longer proper to continue holding the esteemed office. Other members of the tribunal were University of Zimbabwe law lecturer Mr Emmanuel Magade and lawyer Ms Melania Matshiya.

Mr Tomana was last year suspended to allow the tribunal to hear and determine a slew of allegations that were levelled against him, chief among them,defying court orders. The tribunal found Mr Tomana guilty and recommended his removal from office. The tribunal completed hearing evidence on February 8 this year.

Mrs Florence Ziyambi

Mrs Florence Ziyambi

During the hearing, 23 witnesses testified. Among the witnesses were Deputy Prosecutor-General Mrs Florence Ziyambi, senior prosecutors in the PG’s Office and others who have left Government service for private practice.

The tribunal sought to inquire into Mr Tomana’s conduct with respect to court orders issued by the High Court and Supreme Court in cases pitting Mr Francis Maramwidze versus Commissioner-General of the Zimbabwe Republic Police and another; Telecel Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd versus Attorney-General; and Professor Charles Muchemwa Nherera versus Jayesh Shah.

Johannes Tomana

Mr Johannes Tomana

In the Maramwidze case, Mr Tomana was accused of refusing or failing to issue him with a certificate for private prosecution as ordered by the High Court on May 14, 2014 in a rape case involving jailed former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe official Munyaradzi Kereke.

The tribunal also sought to establish whether or not Mr Tomana was in contempt of court and in violation of the oath of office and the Constitution by refusing or failing to obey the court orders. Mr Tomana has since been indicted for criminal trial at the High Court where he faces a number of criminal abuse of office charges.

Munyaradzi Kereke He now awaits trial. Recently, Mr Tomana had his household property attached over failure to pay legal costs that accrued in several court cases in which he unsuccessfully sued the Judicial Service Commission in efforts to block the setting up of the tribunal to determine his suitability or otherwise to continue in the office of the Prosecutor General.

Mr Tomana’s predecessor Mr Sobusa Gula-Ndebele was also removed from the then Attorney-General’s office following the recommendations of a tribunal.

President Mugabe in May 2008 fired Mr Gula-Ndebele after a tribunal found him guilty of failing to properly discharge his duties.

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  • yowe

    Just like your predecessor you Ray will never prosecute corrupt individuals…you will be useless and ineffective a burden on the fiscus

  • musombodia

    VaGoba ndivo vachaGOBORA lacoste yese.Zvipande zvese zvaana Mutodi zvichabuda.Zanu pf is a real mafia kkkkkk.We will just sit back,relax and watch the movie

  • Pamamonya Ipapo

    If there is a change of government the Ray I know will be force to reckon with. He has a sharp legal mind but the ZANU PF patronage might taint him!!!

  • Roalnd Khumalo

    A company Man.

  • Sonono

    Wow. A convicted criminal who got seported from another country has been appointed to lead the prosecution. Unfit for office!!

  • Wezhira Wezhara

    Now take on the corrupt Jonso

  • Tendai

    Out of interest, which other 2 names were sent to the President for his final selection?

  • libertyatliberty

    Njabulo.libertyatliberty at gmail dot com.This is a step in the right direction.Those that hold public office must not abuse their positions .Being a qualified lawyer does not exonerate one from being found guilty of any crime that one may have committed or not liable for omission to do something that one is ordered to do by the court. Neither does it give someone immunity from being fired from their position if they act contrary to what they are expected to do by their superiors .No one person is ultra vires,regardless of their social standing or rank in society. The law must be applied without discriminating against anyone or favouring someone .So,its hats off to the tribunal for their decision .

  • yowe

    How does he deal with corruption when he has to wait for his holy annointer and appointer to tell him who to prosecute?? Hapana chaanomboita.If he is a man he should pick up one of the audit reports from Ms Chiri and institute criminal proceedings for theft and abuse of government funds.Just one ! I bet you it wont take 1 week Ray would be the one being taken to court for some crime yakewo hahahaha