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Staff exodus hits AG’s office

Clemence Manyukwe

THE Attorney-General (AG)’s office is reeling from a massive exodus of experienced prosecutors with the latest to leave being the Director of Pub

lic Prosecutions, Loice Matanda-Moyo, and four others.

The Zimbabwe Independent was told that Matanda-Moyo would soon be appointed President of the Labour Court.

Sources at the AG’s office said the loss of Matanda-Moyo was “very sad” as she had rendered invaluable service in representing government in civil matters and as head of public prosecutions.

Her departure follows the appointment of four senior law officers as magistrates in the past two months.

The four are former Chief Law Officers Steven Musona and Morgan Nemadire and Law Officers Never Katiyo and Tapuwa Godzi.

Other prosecutors that are expected to leave the AG’s office are Chief Law Officer Joseph Jagada, Andrew Kumire, Jonathan Murombedzi and Mary Maunga.

Efforts to get comment from the AG were fruitless as his secretary repeatedly said he was in a meeting.

Sources said the departure of experienced staff was having a negative effect on the prosecution of high-profile cases where the backlog was already huge. Officers who have left the AG’s office said relations between prosecutors and the AG, Sobusa Gula-Ndebele, had deteriorated due to “administrative differences”.

“At this rate, we are likely to see more law officers leaving the AG’s office,” said one prosecutor.

Meanwhile, National Security minister Didymus Mutasa has given a week’s notice to sue Rusape magistrate Loice Mukunyadzi for $100 million for utterances she made in court concerning his alleged intimidation of magistrates.

“Our client advises that at no time did he ever threaten you or any other magistrate,” said Mutasa through his lawyers, Magoge & Associates.

Mutasa has also threatened to sue Manicaland area prosecutor Levison Chikafu and the Independent — the former for saying the minister’s wings needed to be clipped and the latter for reporting the utterances which were made in court.

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