Harare Magistrate Lanzini Ncube has dismissed an application by suspended University of Zimbabwe (UZ) vice-chancellor Levi Nyagura to have his case referred to the Constitutional Court. Nyagura, through his lawyer Advocate Lewis Uriri was challenging the legality of the special anti-corruption unit established by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Urriri who was Mnangagwa’s lead counsel at the Constitutional Court said that the unit was an abuse of power.
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However, in dismissing the application Magistrate Ncube, said
It is not clear how the accused person will be deprived of his rights. There is no evidence as to how this specialised anti-corruption investigative unit will trample upon the rights of the accused person. The Prosecutor-General can appoint any legal practitioner to perform the powers he wants.
It has not been challenged that the prosecutors were not qualified to be appointed by the Prosecutor-General. It is my considered view that the appointment cannot be rendered invalid because it is the Prosecutor-General who appoints all the prosecutors.
After the ruling, Uriri said that he would approach the Constitutional Court directly.