Johannes Tomana is an attorney and the current Prosecutor General in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in the Republic of Zimbabwe. Tomana was appointed into this position in 2008 during the Government of National Unity era. He was the country's Attorney General for five years before his new appointment as Prosecutor General in 2013.
He previously served as deputy Attorney-General under Sobusa Gula-Ndebele from 2006 to May 2008 . Gula-Ndebele was dismissed from his post following infighting within the ZANU-PF. He worked together with Bharat Patel, who served as acting Attorney-General from May to December 2008. Tomana also worked for the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission since 2005.
Controversies Over Appointment
There was controversy and debate in the country's political and judiciary facets over the appointment of Tomana into the post of the attorney General. He was appointed in 2008 after the signing of the historic Global Political Agreement between the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) led by Robert Mugabe, the Movement for Democratic Change led by Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC formation which was led by Arthur Mutamabara. It was a time of serious political tension in government and the appointment of Tomana by Mugabe without prior consultation with the other principals (Tsvangirai and Mutambara) created debate in the media. His appointment resulted in some claiming that the office is highly politicised and Tomana was part of the ZANU PF apparatus specifically tailor made to protect ZANU PF interests in government especially in the judiciary wing. In 2013 after the harmonised elections which saw Robert Mugabe winning the controversial election, Tomana was empowered by the new constitution to fill in the newly created office of the Prosecutor General. As part of the constitutional provisions, Tomana was supposed to go through the process of public interview where he would be examined by a selected panel of juries. He however did not go through this process and activists such as the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights went on a crusade of criticising both the ZANU PF government for tempering with the law to aid its agenda.
In his capacities as Attorney General and later on Prosecutor General, Tomana was accused of compromising the justice delivery system of the country due to his alleged ZANU PF links. In 2011 during the Government of National Unity era, Tomana was accused of incompetence after he failed to deal with any of the high profile cases of corruption and abuse of office which were brought to the courts. It was alleged that most of the cases involved ZANU PF politicians, or at least individuals linked to the party. His failure to deal with such matter attracted showers of criticism from different facets of the society.
Links with ZANU PF
In 2010, the United States government added Tomana to the long list of ZANU PF politicians who were under sanctions which included travel bans. Tomana was thus identified as part of the country's top leadership which was accused by the European Union and US for undermining the country's democracy.
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