By Staff Reporter
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has revoked the appointment of Prosecutor General Ray Goba (pictured), a month after he was appointed into the hot seat by the Zimbabwean leader.
The announcement was made in an Extra-Ordinary Government Gazette published Friday.
Goba’s dismissal followed strong contestation over his integrity as the country’s chief prosecutor, having once been convicted in Namibia for driving a vehicle on a public road with excessive blood alcohol concentration in contravention of Section 140 (2) of the Road Traffic Ordinance 1967; failing to obey a road traffic sign in contravention of section of section 101 (1) of the Ordinance and attempting to defeat or obstruct the course of justice.
He was in Namibia working as Deputy Prosecutor General.
However, his dismissal can also be seen in the context of the current Zanu PF infighting which has seen factions tussling to control the courts and other influential arms of the State.
Goba’s dismissal also follows that of his predecessor Johannes Tomana, who was dismissed on account of gross incompetence and misconduct.
Until his appointment as substantive PG this year, Goba had been acting since Tomana was suspended from the job last year to allow a disciplinary tribunal to enquire into his allegations.
It later recommended his dismissal.