Expert downplays calls for creation of National Prosecution Authority

Dean of Law at Chancellor College, Dr. Sunduzwayo Madise has downplayed calls for the establishment of a National Prosecution Authority.

According to the National Anti-Corruption Alliance, the Authority will among other duties be responsible for prosecuting corruption cases which the Alliance understands that they have flooded the country`s courts.

But commenting on the proposal, Madise said the country has already the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) which has special organs in it.

“We already have the DPP, we already have that organ [National Prosecution Authority] is under the Chambers of the DPP,” he said.

Madise said there is need to allocate adequate resources to the office of the DPP which has special unit capable of investigating financial crimes.

“The DPP`s office there office is usually understaffed, I am saying this because I have worked in government as a lawyer so I am aware of the challenges they have for instance they have challenges of resources.

“What can be done is that office should be empowered and be given more resources and also be allowed to hire lawyers from the private sector,” he said.

Meanwhile, Justice Minister Titus Mvalo has since asked for more consultations on the establishment of the Authority.

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