By Staff Reporter
EMBATTLED Prosecutor General (PG) Ray Goba was finally sworn in as substantive PG on Monday, marking the end of a protracted struggle to save his job.
He was sworn in at State House by President Emmerson Mnangagwa during an occasion that saw the swearing in of the new cabinet.
Goba took over as the country’s top prosecutor from Johannes Tomana after the latter was dismissed June this year on alleged of incompetence and misconduct.
He was later appointed substantive PG by then President Robert Mugabe after he had emerged tops from a list of hopefuls who were interviewed during a public process conducted by the Judicial Services Commission.
His appointment was however abruptly reversed by the former leader in an Extra-Ordinary Gazette without reasons given although speculation pointing to some political victimisation by a Zanu PF faction linked to Mugabe and his wife. The PG is linked to current President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction.
Goba’s apparent expulsion ignited a High Court challenge lodged on his behalf by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights which argued he was not properly relieved of his duties as dictated by the country’s constitution.
He was granted relief last month after he successfully interdicted the Judicial Services Commission from proceeding with fresh interviews to find his replacement.
High Court Judge Justice Priscilla Chigumba ruled that his purported expulsion could not be termed a bona fide exercise of constitutional duty.