Duties and functions

Mnangagwa appoints tribunal to investigate ZACC Commissioner John Makamure

By Staff Reporter

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed a tribunal to consider the dismissal of Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) Commissioner John Makamure.

Makamure faces a host of corruption-related allegations.

A recently released government notice indicates that the court will be chaired by retired judge Maphios Cheda.

Government spokesman Nick Mangwana said the court would be sworn in later on Monday at State House.

The tribunal was established under Section 237(2)(c) and Section 187(3) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe.

The laws also allow the president to set up the court.

“And whereas the Judicial Services Commission, by letter dated October 12, 2022, formally advised the President that the matter of the removal of Commissioner John Makamure should be investigated:

“And considering that Section 187(4) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe, provides that the President may, when he thinks fit, appoint a Tribunal of not less than three members… Now therefore under and under of the powers vested in the President as aforesaid, I hereby establish a Tribunal to inquire into the matter of the removal of Commissioner John Makamure, I appoint Retired Justice Maphios Cheda as President of the Tribunal, I appoint the Secretary for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to be the secretary of the Tribunal and direct that the Tribunal be held for a period of five months from the date of the swearing in of the members at a suitable place to be determined by the Tribunal,” Mnangagwa said in his proclamation.

Justice Department Secretary Virginia Mabhiza will serve as the new tribunal’s secretary.

Mnangagwa ordered a report to be submitted at the end of the investigation.

The terms of reference will be to investigate whether or not Makamure failed to disclose his interest as a founder and trustee of the Southern African Parliamentary Support Trust (SAPST) whose aims are said to be incompatible with ZACC and government functions.

Mnangagwa wants the court to investigate whether or not Makamure failed to disclose his involvement in political activities, which is inconsistent with the duties and functions of commissioner of the ZACC.

He also instructed the court to investigate whether Makamure had indeed ordered a Lee Sung to fund his political campaigns in Gokwe in return for his protection, to investigate whether or not his conduct could be considered as amounting to serious misconduct and to consider all information submitted by the JSC in order to arrive at an appropriate recommendation to the President.