UPDATED: Hodzi new Prosecutor General 

Source: UPDATED: Hodzi new Prosecutor General | The Herald January 23, 2019

UPDATED: Hodzi new Prosecutor GeneralMr Hodzi

Daniel Nemukuyu Senior Court Reporter
PRESIDENT Mnangagwa has appointed Mr Kumbirai Hodzi as the country’s new substantive Prosecutor-General and will be sworn in today at State House.

Mr Hodzi has been acting PG since July 24 last year and replaces Advocate Ray Goba who resigned mid last year. Prior to July 24 Mr Hodzi was Deputy Attorney-General in charge of the Legal Advice Section since 2012.

Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs permanent secretary Mrs Virginia Mabiza confirmed the development saying the swearing in ceremony starts at 9am.

“I can confirm that the Head of State has confirmed Mr Hodzi as substantive PG. The swearing-in ceremony will be held at State House at 9am tomorrow,” she said. Mr Hodzi was one of the 10 candidates who were interviewed publicly for the esteemed post end of 2018.

The other candidates were: Mrs Noria Mashumba, Mrs Florence Ziyambi, Ms Jessie Majome, Mrs Wendy Chingeya, Justice Maphios Cheda, Mr Misheck Hogwe, Mr Tinomudaishe Chinyoka, Mr Edmund Marondedza and Mr Tichaona Mantsebo.

JSC advertised the post in the Press following the resignation of Adv Goba in September last year after he was suspended from office on a raft of allegations of misconduct such as failing to prosecute high-profile cases, travelling without Cabinet authority and use of abusive language.

The office of the PG has become a hot seat, with two previous prosecutor-generals being fired for misconduct.

Adv Goba was the third PG to leave office in recent times.

The first to be removed from office was former Attorney-General Mr Sobusa Gula-Ndebele in May 2008, who doubled as head of criminal prosecution and civil litigation.

He was fired for conducting himself in a manner inconsistent with public office. The dismissal followed recommendations by a tribunal which investigated him.

Mr Gula-Ndebele was succeeded by Mr Johannes Tomana, who was also removed from office last year after a tribunal found him to be grossly incompetent in the execution of his duties.