Former Director Of Economic Crimes Sues Prosecutor-General Over Transfer

Former director of economic crimes in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), chief law officer Chris Mutangadura, is suing Prosecutor-General Mr Kumbirai Hodzi at the High Court over his decision to transfer him to a district office in Guruve.

Mutangadura was last week transferred to Guruve Magistrates Court, a decision he said was equal to a demotion. In his chamber application filed by G Sithole Law Chambers, Mr Mutangadura wants an order stopping the transfer. The matter has been set down for hearing tomorrow before Justice Happias Zhou and Advocate Tazorora Musarurwa will argue the matter on behalf of Mutangadura.

Mutangadura argues Hodzi usurped the powers of the NPA board in violation of Section 6(1) (b) and Section 7 of the National Prosecuting Authority Act. He said the transfer was irrational as it is equivalent to being demoted. Said Mutangadura:

Even if I were being transferred to carry out the functions of a law officer, it is grossly irrational to command that I leave forthwith. There are numerous preparations that have to be made before one relocates to another province. Most importantly, there are family considerations. Even hurricanes come with warnings before one chooses to skip town.

More: Herald


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Kumbirai HodziNational Prosecuting AuthorityHappias Zhou

Kumbirai Hodzi is a Zimbabwean lawyer and the current Prosecutor General of Zimbabwe. He was appointed and sworn in in January 2019 following interviews in December 2018. In the public interviews, he came 6th best but no reaason was given on why he was chosen... Read More About Kumbirai Hodzi

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), is a body that has the constitutional mandate to combat corruption. It is one of the two Chapter 13 institutions specifically mandated ‘to combat crime and corruption’. The other being the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission. The NPA is established under section... Read More About National Prosecuting Authority

Happias Zhou is a Zimbabwean lawyer and a judge of the High Court of Zimbabwe. He was appointed by President Robert Mugabe in 2012. Justice Zhou was sworn in on the 2nd of May 2012, by President Robert Mugabe himself at State House at a... Read More About Happias Zhou

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