In his resignation letter, former Prosecutor General (PG) Advocate Ray Goba apologised to President Mnangagwa for an incident he said happened in a foreign land and said he hopes to continue practising as a legal practitioner outside the public service.
Goba, who served as Namibia’s Deputy Prosecutor General, was convicted in a Namibian regional court in 2002 for driving a vehicle on a public road with excessive blood alcohol concentration in contravention of Section 140 (2) of the Road Traffic Ordinance 1967; failing to obey a road traffic sign in contravention of section of section 101 (1) of the Ordinance and attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.
Goba was declared a prohibited immigrant while working in Namibia as Deputy Prosecutor-General and legal services director in 2011 in case number A118/2011. He allegedly travelled to Namibia when he was Zimbabwe’s PG without Cabinet authority, leading to his suspension and subsequent resignation. Said Goba:
I hope as my President you shall find something good that I did and pardon me for what had happened in that foreign land so I may continue my career in Zimbabwe outside public service. It would be unfair that I be doubly punished in my own country of birth and foreign land especially so many years after the offence which stemmed from nothing apart from a pull over on a public road. I sincerely regret the incident which has brought me nothing but pain since it occurred. It has been abused both as a measurement of success and a weapon of character.
Ray Goba is a Zimbabwean lawyer and the current Prosecutor General. Goba was suspended in July 2018 following allegations that he had failed in his duties. Goba had been appointed the acting Attorney General after Johannes Tomana was suspended in September 2017. Read More About Ray Goba