Five Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) executive members who are facing charges of undermining the authority of the president have challenged their prosecution saying the acting Prosecutor-General, Advocate Ray Goba, who authorised their trial is unsuitable to hold office and is in office illegally. The five challenged their placement on remand , through their lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa.
Part of the application reads:
It is the accused persons’ contention that the Constitution makes no provisions for the appointment of an Acting Prosecutor-General and that the incumbent is therefore unlawfully in office.
In all circumstances and in the absence of a lawfully appointed PG, and in the absence of the incumbent exercising delegated powers, there is no proper certificate before the court and the prosecution of the accused persons ought to be removed from remand.
The five are Douglas Mahiya, Francis Nhando, Victor Matemadanda, Headman Moyo and Hoyini Samuel Bhila.