The appointment of Ray Goba as the new prosecutor-general may be reversed after indications that it was “null and void” as President Mugabe had not authorised it. The appointment which was announced in an extraordinary Government Gazette last Wednesday was signed by chief secretary to the president and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda. This could reflect badly on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who also doubles as the Minister of Justice as his ministry superintends the process.
Sources who spoke to The Standard said:
It is alleged that there was manipulation and doctoring of the JSC [Judicial Services Commission] recommendations leading to the hurried gazetting of Goba’s name without the usual security clearance required in such high-profile constitutional appointments.
The security clearances are done by the Central Intelligence Organisation.
The appointment of the prosecutor-general may also be the faceoff between rival Zanu-PF factions battling to succeed President Robert Mugabe.
Virginia Mabhiza, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice said the process was above board:
I haven’t heard anything like that except for some newspaper reports that the three candidates listed by the Judicial Services Commission for the president to choose from did not score high marks,” she said yesterday.
All I know is the JSC cited him. I was with my boss [Mnangagwa] today at Great Zimbabwe and he did not mention anything about that.
This involves public interviews and the shortlisting of three candidates by the JSC and the writing of the Cabinet minutes by Mnangagwa that was approved by Mugabe before the gazette was published.
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