ATTONEY General (AG) Johannes Tomana should count himself lucky after the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), which was baying for his blood, failed to win the July 31 poll.
While the MDC-T has deep-rooted differences with several heads of State organs and institutions, it had specifically called for Tomana’s head in its manifesto launched in Marondera last month.
The party has been at loggerheads with the AG whom it accuses of applying the law selectively, with matters being complicated by Tomana’s own admission that he supports ZANU-PF.
Tomana should be heaving a sigh of relief after the MDC-T was trounced by ZANU-PF in the just-ended election.
He is now tipped to head the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to be formed as part of reforms brought about by the new Constitution signed into law by President Robert Mugabe in June.
The NPA is a body independent of the AG and Public Service Commission, the employer of all civil servants.
Apart from targeting Tomana, the MDC-T had also spelt out a raft of other reforms in its manifesto.
The party had promised to implement the new Constitution including: Establishing the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission, establishing the NPA, establishing the Independent Complaints Commission and bringing back the institution of the executive mayor.
Outgoing Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party had promised to start working on these and other matters during its first 100 days in power.
Other items that were on the party’s agenda included the de-centralisation and equipping of the Registrar General’s Office, implementing mechanisms to guarantee the right of the Diaspora to vote, implementing and enforcing a policy on asset disclosure for public officials while strengthening all accountability institutions.
The party had said it would repeal laws such as the Public Order and Security Act, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act as well as reviewing all laws and public policies inhibiting legitimate business and re-engage international financial institutions and establish a transparent process of revenue collection from diamonds and other national resources.
The manifesto also said a local stakeholder consultative conference on the economy would be convened and a programme for the return of skilled Zimbabweans from foreign lands and other refugees would be initiated.
Also, as part of the first 100 days in power, the MDC-T had said it would work towards reviving industries countrywide.
The manifesto says despite having fertile land and abundant natural resources, Zimbabwe is continuously forced to import food. To reverse the trend, the MDC-T had promised to put in place a responsible land and agricultural management to ensure food security.
In his speech at the manifesto launch, Tsvangirai said his party’s achievements in the inclusive government were modest and how things changed after the formation of the coalition could not be under-estimated.
“History will record that the MDC saved this country from the precipice. It is easy in the current stability and in the middle of a breakfast with eggs and bread to forget that as recently as 2008, we were stampeding for wild fruits in stone-age competition with fellow human beings and wild animals,” said Tsvangirai.
“Life was harsh and brutal, the guiding principle being the primitive survival of the fittest. It is easy to forget that bread was being imported from South Africa and our shelves were empty, our hospitals without medicines and our schools without textbooks and teachers.”