HARARE - Attempts to restrict media coverage of prosecutor-general Johannes Tomana’s trial, over charges of abuse of office and obstructing justice after he dropped a case against two men accused of plotting to bomb President Robert Mugabe’s dairy farm, has come to nought.
The trial continued in an open court yesterday after provincial magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe threw out an unlawful High Court order obtained by the head of Military Intelligence without seeking leave from the lower court.
The order forbade the media to report any witness testimony or anything said in court by the defendants.
Chikwekwe rescinded the order that was clearly unconstitutional. Legal experts had decried the order as a clear constitutional violation.
The top prosecutor said in an oral presentation that attempts to prosecute him were ultra vires the new Constitution which gives him authority to discharge independently any functions necessary for prosecution.