The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has conducted interviews in public to select the country’s next Prosecutor General (PG).

This is the first time that a PG is selected in terms of the 2013 constitution of Zimbabwe.

Seven prospective candidates turned up for the interviews and most of them proposed that they will address issues of commissioned officers who are seconded to the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure the office remains independent.

While the candidates seem to have agreed on the need to respect the constitution what differed was their strategy in turning around the office of the NPA as a strategic organisation in justice delivery.

The panel of seven JSC commissioners did not leave any stone unturned as they searched deeper hoping to come up with a professional candidate with an unquestionable character.

It was at this stage that Mr Charles Chinyama was quizzed on allegations of abuse of trust funds and adultery while the Acting PG, Advocate Ray Goba was asked about a traffic incident which occurred while he was working in Namibia.

The post of the PG fell vacant after the former PG Johannes Tomana was fired following recommendations by a commission of inquiry which convicted him of abuse of office.

The interviews attracted a significant number of people among them lawyers, judges, law students and the public.