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.

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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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  • Gandanga Matigari

    Poor Florence. She fought, she lost. She fought Gula-Ndebele, and lost the post. She is a perennial loser. I know Ray has skeletons in his closet but this woman has more.

    • madzimba chengeta

      I though she has a sharp legal mind too…I have seen her as part of regional and international bodies..I think she did not make it for political reasons…trudge on florence your time will come…

      • RejectedStone, Cornerstone

        Patronage first. Uriwekwaani? unoenda ku-rally here etc.
        Just to imagine that the Minister of Justice, Mnangagwa has been rendered toothless speaks volumes in times to come. Soon after finishing his “law” degree, Professor Moyo muchavanzwa kkk

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Someone prepares the docket before prosecution. Other government offices have to pass the necessary information or documents to his office. It is not him to start the ball rolling. After all we want more prosecuted , not only who ever you call Jonso.

  • KingZaka||

    According to the interviews carried out Ray was not perfoming well so how come he is appointed.. I ** chetechete. Tambai henyu trikuona.

    • RejectedStone, Cornerstone

      So I hear. Patronage system. Tomana had to go. Tomana supported and was supported by Mnangagwa. Even his definition of under-age marriages, rape etc were discussed with the Minister! But as you know, the whole state has been hijacked.

      • CDE MAZIE

        CDES lets wait and see,i feel pity for cde MUTODI that funds emblezzlement of home seekers might leave to haunt him,yes mr GOBA can be educated but can he be professional and stick to the principle of his portfolio i tend to disagree especially surrounded by these surrogates corrupt bafons

        • RejectedStone, Cornerstone

          He can’t and he knows it. He will receive phones calls from the usual unknowlagables instructing him to do abc