'Stop militarising NPA'

HARARE - Lawyers have slammed government for militarising the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) by seconding members of the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), a move they say violates the constitution.

Following the recent assault of the deputy prosecutor-general and director of the recently established NPA, Florence Ziyambi, at her work place allegedly by NPA employee colonel Solomon Siziba, the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) yesterday expressed concern at the presence of military personnel in the institution.

According to Ziyambi’s police report, two senior army officials, a major Msipa and one major Manyeruke, are currently on secondment from the army to the NPA.

In a statement, the ZLHR called for non-violence against women, both in the private and public spheres.

“What is of further and grave concern are the disturbing revelations and confirmation of the extent of militarisation of the NPA contained in the police complaint Ziyambi reportedly filed at Harare Central Police Station,” reads part of the statement.

Ziyambi was reportedly assaulted at her workplace on February 13, 2015 by Siziba, whose designation, according to the police, is NPA director for administration, and secretary of the NPA Board.

“One wonders why such senior military personnel have been seconded to the NPA, a civilian authority, when the Constitution clearly states in Section 213 (2) (c) that the defence forces may only be deployed in support of other civilian authorities in the event of an emergency or disaster,” complained the lawyers.

Comments (6)

the balooning civil service wage bill is an emergency and the secondment is more than justified.you want the gov to employ unnecesarily when the army has personnel who can do the job. this is not war time so Army personnel tend to be available. i urge the task force set up to look into ways of reducing government wage bill to consider seconding more personnel into other depts.

fire links - 25 March 2015

Is this news to you all. This has been happenig in all the sectors of Zimbabwe. Be it Railways, transport, forestry, ZISCOsteel, etc. Maimbo nyarara nhasi maLawyer mava kusumudza musoro nokuti mapindigwa mumagumbezi enyuka. Takazvitaura kare. Nhasi uno maCivial Service onzi awandisa.. Surely how can this small country recruit 100,000 Criminal Intelligence Organisation (CIO). For what - everybody in town works for President's Office (euphemism for CIO)

dick mboko - 25 March 2015

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