Mugabe appoints attorney-general

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe yesterday appointed Prince Machaya to the post of attorney-general.

STAFF REPORTER

Machaya replaces Johannes Tomana, who was recently sworn-in as the new prosecutor-general in line with the new constitutional requirements that split the offices of attorney-general into two.

Justice Legal and Parliamentary Affairs secretary Virginia Mabiza made the announcement in a letter to the Media, Information and Broadcasting Services ministry.

“I write to advise that in terms of Section 114(1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, His Excellency, the president has appointed Prince Machaya to the post of Attorney-General of the Republic of Zimbabwe,” she wrote.

The attorney-general is the chief government legal advisor and is an ex-officio member of both Cabinet and Parliament, where he can contribute in debates, but cannot vote.

“Machaya has been deputy attorney-general since December 2007 and his appointment to the post will see the expeditious alignment of legislation to the Constitution since this will be one of his core functions,” Mabiza said.

Machaya will be sworn-in at a date and venue to be advised.

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