Tomana defends Zanu PF ties

HARARE - Johannes Tomana, Zimbabwe’s prosecutor-general, yesterday said his allegiance to the ruling Zanu PF party does not compromise his professionalism.

Reiterating his allegiance to the ruling party, Tomana told a parliamentary portfolio committee on Legal, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs chaired by MDC MP Jessie Majome,  that there was nothing wrong with him supporting a party of  his choice.

He rejected accusations by Majome that his allegiance caused bias in  executing his duty as the chief legal advisor to government.

Tomana was briefing the committee on the operations and functions of the National Prosecuting Authority. He was grilled about his alleged partisanship and said he was qualified and competent to occupy the office of prosecutor-general.

“No person in this country will be qualified to occupy an office if we start judging people on political lines,” Tomana said. “It is either you are Zanu PF or MDC. Are you saying the fact that I declared publicly that I support Zanu PF means that I should not occupy that office?

“It is  my constitutional right to choose a party I want to support, of my choice that persuades me with their policies and I choose Zanu PF and there is nothing wrong with that.

“I am a registered voter, I have a right to choose a political party that I want and I did that and  I see nothing  wrong with that. The question that should be asked is whether I am competent or not.”

“The post of the National Prosecution Authority requires a person who is independent and you are on record saying you support Zanu PF. Does that not compromise you?” Majome asked.

Tomana said he was going to carry out his duty without fear, favour or bias towards any political party or anyone.

“I don’t look at what party does a person  belong to whether you are MDC or not if you have broken the law, you will face the  music. There is no selective prosecution,” Tomana said.

He said he was waiting for the National Prosecuting Authority Bill to sail through in Parliament for him to begin to operate effectively as he had no manpower and budget to carry out his duty as the prosecutor-general.

 

Comments (9)

utter rubbish from this paralegal guy

murandu - 1 April 2014

Pure garbage. You are tainted Tomana admit it.

Moe - 1 April 2014

Tomana a big fool. Make reference to the constitution and appointment proceedures for civil servants. It's simple hauna njere chinos arinane.

gwinyai - 1 April 2014

what can you say you mercyless thief. i tell my friends people have not forgotten what you guys did and are doing and will not forget. there is a day coming. we are glad that tsvangirai who wanted to forgive if he won did not. the people are still to deal with you.

see - 1 April 2014

No harm in telling your colleagues in the legal fraternity and your subordinates as well that you DID not get the job on merit...Nice move. Some who occupy similar positions do not advertise it but you as the genius feel you must. Anyway good luck with this!

gutter poet - 1 April 2014

Tomama at times you need to listen to yourself and demonstrate how fair you have been when you were AG. Show the committee evidence of what you have done to Chombo when issues of stands came up. That will definately put these MDC puppets to shame show them how enthusiastic you were about Chombo a ZANU PF guru kikikikikikikikikikikikikiki

Tindo - 1 April 2014

Tomama at times you need to listen to yourself and demonstrate how fair you have been when you were AG. Show the committee evidence of what you have done to Chombo when issues of stands came up. That will definately put these MDC puppets to shame show them how enthusiastic you were about Chombo a ZANU PF guru kikikikikikikikikikikikikiki

Tindo - 1 April 2014

“No person in this country will be qualified to occupy an office if we start judging people on political lines,” Tomana said. “It is either you are Zanu PF or MDC. Are you saying the fact that I declared publicly that I support Zanu PF means that I should not occupy that office? This is a valid question Jessie Majome.

Qiniso - 1 April 2014

Truly,politics will always influence a person's decision however important the case on hand can be.Mr.Tomana can never be impartial in his work.

Tambaoga - 2 April 2014

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