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.