Tomana faces suspension

HARARE - Embattled prosecutor-general Johannes Tomana faces suspension after the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) yesterday resolved to recommend to President Robert Mugabe that he be dismissed from work.

Tomana is facing criminal charges at the magistrates’ court after being accused of illegally releasing suspects accused of plotting to bomb Gushungo Dairies, a multi-million dollar business owned by the First Family.

Highly-placed sources told the Daily News yesterday that the JCS sat in Harare yesterday and resolved that Tomana was no longer suitable for the prosecutor-general’s position.

“Yes, the JCS sat today and resolved to make a recommendation to ... Mugabe that in terms of Section 187 (3) of the Constitution, he must be fired from his job as he has brought disrepute to the judiciary. And unfortunately for Tomana, the president has no option except to constitute a tribunal and that automatically means that he will be suspended until his case is finalised,” said the source.

Section 187 (3) reads: “If the Judicial Service Commission advises the president that the question of removing any judge, including the Chief Justice, from office ought to be investigated, the president must appoint a tribunal to inquire into the matter.”

According to the law, Tomana is at the same level as Supreme Court judges. According to Section 187 (10), once the case is referred to a tribunal, it becomes an automatic suspension for the accused.

It reads: “If the question of removing a judge from office has been referred to a tribunal under this section, the judge is suspended from office until the president, on the recommendations of the tribunal, revokes the suspension or removes the judge from office.”

Comments (7)

Serves you right for persecuting opposition. Seek representation form Beatrice Mutetwa, or you are still looking for ways to lock her up for representing the oppressed and persecuted ordinary Zimbabweans?

XG - 17 May 2016

zvaiwana ngwarati yofura irere.

Titus - 17 May 2016

zvaiwana ngwarati yofura irere.

Titus - 17 May 2016

Hezvoko bwaa. Invoke the notorious Section 121.

Gwede Mantashe - 17 May 2016

W ho knows what God can do? Those who want Tomana out today may leave office tomorrow and only to be frastrated to see Tomana back with a higher office. Ndezvepasi pano izvi.

ndonda - 18 May 2016

@Ndonda, while i agree with you that God's ways are known only to him. You seem to suggest that he should not be touched, yet he goes around locking up innocent people especially the opposition and human rights lawyers. What does, God through the bible, say about those who oppress and persecute others? There are more than 60 Versed in the bibole about oppression and h Here is one: Psalm 146:7 "He gives justice to the oppressed and food to the hungry. " How then do you know this is not justice being given?

M - 18 May 2016

That is how ZANU operates. It uses you and then yokurasa. There is nothing new here

Dunga - 18 May 2016

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