Leave Tomana alone, NCA tells govt

via Leave Tomana alone, NCA tells govt – NewZimbabwe 08/02/2016

THE National Constitutional Assembly says government must “drop” charges against Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana and “romove” him from remand.

Tomana was last week arrested and subsequently brought to court for freeing two suspects who are accused of attempting to bomb President Robert Mugabe’s private dairy firm in Mazowe.

He was however released on $1000 bail and ordered to report thrice a week at Harare Central police station as part of his bail conditions.

His arrest was widely condemned by lawyers, human rights activists and opposition parties who described the development as an injury to both the justice delivery system and the supreme law of the country which gives autonomy to the office of the Prosecutor General.

In a statement Monday, NCA’s Legal Secretary Ephraim Ndlovu said charges against Tomana should be dropped.

“As a party we demand that Zanu PF government respect the constitution of Zimbabwe and drop the charges against the Prosecutor General as well as removing his placement on remand,” he said.

“His illegal arrest and placement on remand do not only undermine the critical role played by the Prosecutor General’s office in the legal system but also undermines the achievement of justice.”

The Lovemore Madhuku-led political outfit said they suspected that Tomana’s arrest was linked to Zanu PF factional fights as opposed to his failure to discharge his constitutional obligations correctly.

“We strongly believe that the state is victimizing the Prosecutor General for reasons yet to be established,” he said.