HARARE - Government officials have welcomed the appointment of Prince Machaya to the post of Attorney General of Zimbabwe, adding that this would speed the alignment of the country’s laws with the Constitution.
Machaya was sworn in yesterday at Munhumutapa offices in Harare by the Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also the Justice minister.
Judicial Service Commission (JSC) secretary Rita Makarau said the commission welcomed the development.
She said the appointment showed that Zimbabweans embraced constitutionalism adding this would ensure the separation of powers between the office of the prosecutor general and that of the attorney general.
Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana added his voice, claiming this was an important development.
“This is a very important development, particularly on the fact that we need to expedite the alignment of laws. For me, I welcome the development,” he said.
The University of Zimbabwe faculty of law dean Moses Magade described the swearing in of Machaya as an auspicious occasion within the justice system.
“It speeds the alignment of laws,” he said.
Machaya could not hide his pleasure.
“I feel very honoured that His Excellency has seen it fit to appoint me to this position. The urgent thing is to align our laws with the Constitution,” he said.
Machaya replaces Tomana who was promoted to be the prosecutor general, in line with the country’s constitution, which came into effect in May last year.
Machaya has been deputy attorney general since December 2007 and his appointment will see the expeditious alignment of the law to the Constitution, which is one of his core functions.