THE Attorney-General’s office has threatened to imprison staff members who disclose information to the press without authorisation.
Staff members face jail sentences of up to 20 years for the offence.
In a memo written to mem
bers of staff by the head of administration in the AG’s office, Colonel Matazva, the AG said culprits would be charged under the Official Secrets Act enacted during the colonial era.
The Act stipulates that leaking information violates pledges they took not to divulge information without permission.
The memo said that the measure had been necessitated by the increase in the number of cases leaked to the press in recent months.
Efforts to reach Matazva were fruitless as he was said to be out of his office.
On Monday Director of Public Prosecutions Loyce Matanda Moyo could not comment on the grounds that she was busy.
However, sources said the memos were sent out after senior officers in the AG’s office lectured staffers against leaking information to the media.
The officers said of late the AG’s office has come under pressure following the publication of stories on the prosecution of Zanu PF members, once considered taboo.
“Every one is now afraid to disclose information even to his workmates. You now mind your own business as some ruling party members think that this office is fighting them,” a source said.
Party cadres who have been charged include ruling party central committee member Esau Mupfumi and Chipinge South MP Paul Porusingazi who are facing corruption allegations and Hurungwe senator Phone Madiro and Makonde MP Leo Mugabe’s two sons who have been charged with violence.
Minister of Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Patrick Chinamasa as well as Minister for National Security, Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement Didymus Mutasa are reportedly facing prosecution for attempting to defeat the course of justice and violence respectively.