WASHINGTON DC —
In a landmark ruling, the Constitutional Court has slapped Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana with a wholly suspended 30 day sentence on condition that he issues certificates for private prosecution in two high profile cases involving Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke and Telecel shareholder Jane Mutasa.
Tomana is accused of defying rulings of the High Court and the Supreme Court compelling him to issue the certificates. Kereke is accused of allegedly raping an 11 year-old girl at his Mt. Pleasant home in 2010, but Tomana refused to prosecute the case alleging lack of evidence.
Mutasa was arrested in 2010 along with the company’s commercial director, Naguib Omar, for allegedly stealing airtime vouchers worth over US$1,7 million.
Attempts to reach Tomana were futile as officials in his office said he left for Russia on state business.
But lawyer Charles Warara, a member lawyer of the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights representing the child allegedly raped by Kereke told Studio 7 the ruling is significant.