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Legal practitioners welcome appointment of female Prosecutor General

Story by Peter Chivhima

THE legal fraternity has welcomed the appointment of Justice Loice Matanda Moyo as the country’s first-ever female Prosecutor General.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa this Thursday appointed the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo as the Prosecutor General.

In a statement, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr Martin Rushwaya confirmed that Justice Matanda-Moyo’s appointment was with immediate effect.

Legal practitioners who spoke to ZBC News this Friday described the appointment as a progressive development.

“It is a sign of progression in the country and will undoubtedly inspire and propel many women in Zimbabwe not to shy away from leadership roles but to engage themselves in nation-building. The participation of women in nation-building is an important and vital ingredient in the success of any nation,” said legal practitioner, Advocate Melissa Dinha.

Another legal practitioner, Advocate Brighton Masilo said, “We want to thank President Emerson Mnangagwa for appointing the first-ever woman to the position of Prosecutor General. This is the right step in the promotion of the justice delivery system in the country. She is not a novice in the legal fraternity, she has occupied several high positions.”

The position fell vacant after the resignation of Mr Kumbirai Hodzi on medical grounds in March last year.

Justice Matanda-Moyo was the Chairperson of the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission since May 2019.

She has vast experience in the justice delivery system having served as a magistrate, state advisor in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, state counsel, and a member of the criminal division of the attorney general prosecuting in the High and Supreme courts.

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