Govt says Acting Prosecutor General’s criminal record does not warrant his removal from office

Attorney-General Prince Machaya has defended the appointment of Advocate Ray Goba as Acting Prosecutor-General, saying his previous conviction in Namibia was petty and does not warrant his removal from office. Goba was found guilty of attempting to defeat the course of justice in Namibia when he was Deputy Government Attorney for that country and was fined N$2 000 or imprisonment for a period of six months for the offence.

Responding to a letter by Mtetwa and Nyambirai Legal Practitioners that was written on behalf of a client Mr Majoni Utete, Deputy AG in charge of Legal Drafting, Mr Nelson Dias said the appointment of Adv Goba was above board and any attempts by critics to sue the Government was a waste of time and resources.

The lawyers argued that Goba has criminal record that disqualifies him from holding office and also argued that the Constitution of Zimbabwe does not provide for the appointment of an Acting PG. However the Attorney General’s Office said Section 340 of the supreme law provides for the appointment of an Acting PG in the event of a suspension.

More: Herald

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