Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been accused of trying to free suspended prosecutor general Johannes Tomana from criminal charges, according to government correspondence seen by The Standard. Mnangagwa allegedly told the director of public prosecutions Florence Ziyambi to withdraw criminal abuse of office charges against Tomana.
Ziyambi, in a letter dated April 25 2016, told Mugabe,
On Wednesday, April 20 2016, I attended a meeting chaired by Hon Vice-President E D. Mnangagwa conducted at the Ministry of Justice boardroom. After I had presented the NPA [National Prosecution Authority] report on operations of the department of prosecution, the Hon VP informed me that the directive by His Excellency the President of the Republic to have charges withdrawn against the prosecutor-general still stood and that I was to immediately proceed to withdraw after plea. Thereafter he then left. This directive is being made to me for the second time and it’s now almost three months since the first directive was made.
The revelations come in the wake of last week’s attempts to arrest Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission. Moyo is accused of siphoning hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund for personal use.
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