Prince Machaya
Prince Machaya, Attorney General, Johannes Tomana, Judges in Zimbabwe
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Prince Machaya

Prince Machaya is a Zimbabwean legal practitioner and the Current Attorney General.He is also an advocate of the High Court who has been practising law since 1976.


Machaya has had a long history of involvement in legal matters dating as far back as 1976.


  • Bachelor of Law (Honours) Degree (BL) from the University of Rhodesia (now University of Zimbabwe) in 1975
  • Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from the same university in 1976.
  • National Diploma in Management Studies (Harare Polytechnic)
  • Admitted to the Bar as an Advocate of the High Court in 1976.
  • Joined Honey and Blackenberg law firm as a professional assistant in 1979 and stayed for 3 years.
  • Admitted to the Side-bar as an attorney of the High Court of Zimbabwe and a Notary Public in 1981.
  • Practiced as a self-employed lawyer from 1981 to 1987.
  • Served as a trustee on the Law Society Compensation Fund and he was also one of the founding trustees of the Legal Resources Foundation between 1983 to 1987.
  • Member of the Legal Practitioners’ Disciplinary Tribunal from 1985 to 2001.
  • Part of a six-member committee on the codification of Zimbabwe criminal law chaired by the then Chief Justice Anthony Gubbay in 1986.
  • Joined the Attorney General’s Office in 1987 where he worked as the Director of the Civil Division for four years.
  • Joined the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe as assistant general manager (Legal Counsel) before being elevated to become the general manager in May 1991.
  • Served the Reserve Bank as Bank Secretary and Director Corporate Services from 1998 to 2004.
  • Practiced law as an advocate at Advocates’ Chambers in Harare where he was elected as chairman of the chambers between July 2004 and December 2007.
  • Appointed Deputy Attorney General in December 2007.
  • He was once chairman of the Credit Guarantee Company (Private) Limited, a firm jointly owned by RBZ and commercial banks in the country.[1]


Prominent Legal Cases

  1. Represented Zimbabwe at the SADC Tribunal landmark farm case in 2008, when white farmers who were removed from their land took Zimbabwe to the regional court.[2] Zimbabwe would go on to lose the case,[3] but the court would later be disband.</ref> Zimbabwe would go on to lose the case[4]
  2. Represents President Robert Mugabe in applying for a delay to hold by-elections in 3 vacant constituencies. Wins the case and elections and held at the same time in July 2013 .[5]
  3. Part of legal team that represents Zimbabwe in $45m diamond seizure in Belgium in 2014. Zimbabwe wins the case to have the diamonds returned. [6]

Farm Mechanisation Scheme

In July 2020, Prince Machaya was listed, in the BSR of 18 July 2020, as a beneficiary in the 2007 RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme, as a result of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme.

The data is analysed by recipients origin:.

  • Mashonaland provinces had the most beneficiaries, both in terms of numbers and value.

Mashonaland East got US$47,5 million,
Mashonaland West US$44,7 million
Mashonaland Central had US$34,2 million.

  • Two Matebeleland provinces had a combined total of US$13,9 million.
  • Masvingo US$26,4 million,
  • Manicaland US$18 million
  • Midlands US$14 million.

Prince Machaya is listed under the thematic group “Political referees: Prosecutors and legal advisers ”. According to the list, he, listed at Blackeney Farm also got a loan of US$46,752.00, which has not been repayed. [7]


  1. Fidelis Munyoro and Daniel Nemukuyu, President appoints AG, Herald, Published: 20 Feb 2015, Retrieved: 20 Feb 2015
  2. Tribunal lacks power to reverse land reforms: Zim lawyer , Race and History, Published: 20 Jul 2008, Retrieved: 20 Feb 2015
  3. SADC Tribunal Court Case: The Campbell Case, Mike Campbell Foundation, Published: No Date Given, Retrieved: 20 Feb 2015
  4. Zvamaida Murwira, Regional leaders permanently disband SADC tribunal, Herald, Published: 20 Aug 2012, Retrieved: 20 Feb 2015
  5. High Court grants Mugabe by-election delay, NewZimbabwe, Published: 5 Apr 2013, Retrieved: 20 Feb 2015
  6. Itai Mazire, Zimbabwe recovers $45m diamonds seized by SA company, Chronicle, Published: 8 Dec 2014, Retrieved: 20 Feb 2015
  7. loan of US$325,368.00-Farm-Mechanisation-Scheme BSR EXCLUSIVE: Beneficiaries of the RBZ Farm Mechanisation Scheme], Big Saturday Read, Published: 18 July 2020 Retrieved: 18 July 2020