Speaking at the inauguration of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) library in Harare yesterday, Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Ziyambi Ziyambi urged 64 non-degreed prosecutors in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to at least obtain a first law degree to save their jobs.
The requirement is in line with section 9 of the NPA Act, which states that only degreed personnel, who qualify to appear before any courts of law, be recruited as prosecutors by the authority. Said Ziyambi:
NPA is a creature of the new Constitution and when it was established, there were a number of non-degreed staff. In terms of the Constitution of Zimbabwe for one to prosecute, he or she must be a holder of a law degree. I am urging the Prosecutor General Advocate Ray Goba to ensure that all our law officers upgrade themselves in line with the Constitution. This will go a long way in enhancing the way we deliver justice.