<vote /> High Court judge, Justice Lavender Makoni yesterday dismissed Johannes Tomana’s urgent chamber application seeking to stop the Judicial Service Commission from suspending him or embarking on the process leading to his possible removal from office, saying the matter was not urgent.

Tomana was also slapped with the costs of the suit. Earlier this year, Tomana had been served with show cause letters from the Judicial Service Commission, seeking his views on his suitability to hold the office of the Prosecutor General, given his defiance of two court orders and his subsequent conviction on contempt of court.

Instead of responding to the show cause letter, Tomana filed an urgent chamber application, arguing the Judicial Service Commission had no powers to institute a tribunal against him, adding the move was in contravention of his constitutional mandate.

Tomana is out on bail for criminal abuse of duty as a public officer or alternatively defeating or obstructing the course of justice after he allegedly ordered the release of Solomon Makumbe and Silas Pfupa, who were accused of plotting to petrol-bomb Alpha Omega Dairy Farm in Mazowe in January this year.

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