Anti-graft body denies AG probe

HARARE - Sekai Tongogara, general manager of investigations in the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (Zacc) has denied that the commission was investigating Attorney General (AG) Johannes Tomana.

Tongogara told the court that Emmanuel Chimwanda may have been investigating the AG privately without the knowledge of the commission.

Chimwanda is accused of contravening the Official Secrets Act and criminal abuse of office after he supplied dockets and information to four MDC officials-, Tabani Mpofu, Mehluli Moyo, Felix Matsinde and Warship Dumba.

“Maybe Chimwanda was investigating Tomana of the alleged seven counts of abuse of office outside of the commission otherwise we did not investigate the AG,” she said.

“The AG is equivalent to a judge. When he is being investigated there has to be a tribunal of people who are appointed to make enquiries. This is a constitutional procedure.”

Tongogara also said that Chimwanda approached her with documents asking her to charge Tomana with criminal abuse of office.

However, she advised the chairperson of the investigations committee, commissioner Shepherd Gwasira that she was not comfortable with the probe.

During cross examination, Chimwanda’s lawyer Jonathan Samkange said Tongogara was misleading the court after she claimed that she did not know that councillors were investigating minister Ignatius Chombo.

She said that the Commission had not reached a stage were Chombo could be prosecuted since they had not finished investigations.

“When one goes on to be prosecuted, investigations gathered by the Commission will have had a charge sheet and outline of alleged offence which will be handed over to the AG,” Tongogara said.

“Chimwanda approached me with a charge sheet and other documents and said that we must come up with our own charge sheet and outline for the two counts of abuse of office levelled against Chombo. This was not procedural.”

Samkange however, highlighted that despite signing an oath of secrecy according to the Official Secrets Act, Chimwanda had not prejudiced or put anyone’s life in danger.

Regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya postponed the case to September 23 and advised Tongogara to produce minutes from commission meetings that were relevant to Chimwanda’s case.

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Some animals are more equal than others.

Zvichapera Chete - 13 September 2013

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