Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has launched the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Strategic Plan for the period 2016 -2020 in Harare this Thursday afternoon, stressing the importance of impartiality, fearlessness and lack of bias in the delivery of justice by the Prosecutor General.

Cde Mnangagwa said the creation of the office of the Prosecutor General embodies the values and aspirations of the people of Zimbabwe.

“The establishment of National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) is in fulfillment of the people’s aspirations. It was a result of the constitution which was brought about through the participation of the people in a referendum,” he said.

Cde Mnangagwa also explained that the NPA protects and asserts the human rights of both alleged offenders and victims of crime and also guarantees the objective of ensuring individual accountability for criminal transgression.

The strategic plan was put together after stakeholder consultations and workshops in conjunction with commissioned consultants and is the second strategic plan since the setting up of the national prosecution authority in 2015.

“This strategic plan represents the roadmap by which the NPA will be guided in executing its constitutional mandate for the next four years. It will allow the authority to set its vision, objectives and stakeholders expectations as spelt out in the constitution and the National Prosecuting Act,” Cde Mnangagwa said.

The launch of the strategic plan was witnessed by partners in the justice delivery system and diplomats.

Meanwhile, the Acting Prosecutor General, Mr Ray Goba says lack of funding is crippling the operations of the NPA and that the entity is sis very short staffed .*

“The NPA is operating with only 55 percent permanent staff while the rest are seconded from other government ministries and agencies like the police, prisons and defence. The authority has also inherited some disadvantages that the criminal justice division had including inadequate funding, lack of space and insufficient office equipment and the human resource,” he said.

The NPA was established under Section 258 of the constitution as a separate independent and accountable institution responsible for instituting and undertaking criminal prosecutions on behalf of the state and promoting a just and fair system for all persons approaching the courts.