Attorney-general Johannes Tomana, a self-confessed Zanu PF supporter, says he will continue prosecuting Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC supporters ahead of those from Zanu PF — declaring defiantly, “the discretion is entirely in my hands”.

In an exlusive interview with our correspondent, Tomana — who is one of the outstanding issues of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) — reiterated his support for Zanu PF and President Robert Mugabe, Tsvangirai’s archrival-turned awkward coalition government partner.

Tsvangirai and the MDC have been demanding Tomana’s removal as one of the many pre-conditions for the holding of free and fair elections, accusing the controversial AG of prosecuting people in a partisan manner.

Without denying that some Zanu PF perpetrators of political violence were still roaming free around the country, Tomana described Tsvangirai’s calls for the Johannes Tomana threatens MDC fair application of the law as “nonsense”.

“It does not matter who we start to prosecute. Whether we start from the middle, bottom or top it does not matter. The discretion is entirely in my hands on who I should start to prosecute,” he said.

“It is like telling your manager not to dismiss you from work after you have been late for duty because yesterday your workmate who was also late was not dismissed. It is nonsense to make such a statement,” Tomana added.

Tomana’s utterances are significant as they manifest the deep political divide and the uneven playing field in the country, as well as the difficulties that the tottering coalition government, widely viewed as the country’s best hope out of a debilitating decade-long political crisis, must overcome.

“Everyone is judged on his own misdeeds. The MDC people have not said they are not committing offences. They are saying Zanu PF and them are offenders and complaining that they cannot be arrested alone leaving Zanu PF out. If you are guilty does it matter whether I have started with you leaving others?” Tomana asked.

Since taking over as AG, Tomana has been forced to repeatedly defend accusations that his blatant bias is a threat to the stability of the shaky 28-month-old coalition government.

Declaring his love for Zanu PF, Tomana said: “I do not see anything wrong in me supporting Zanu PF. Is it a crime to do so?  I know that there are some lawyers like Innocent Chagonda who sit on many boards but are active MDC members. Is it wrong for him (Chagonda) to do so? I am a citizen of this country and I belong to a political party I choose”.

As a result, Tomana said, he would not leave his post despite ranking high on the list of unresolved GPA issues.

The MDC argues that Tomana’s unilateral appointment in December 2008 was irregular because the GPA signed in September of that year stipulated that Mugabe needed to consult Tsvangirai on the appointment. Mugabe has vigorously resisted this demand.

Tomana said Tsvangirai and the MDC should instead learn to respect him.

“They always say Tomana must go. To where? I am saddened by the events that always surround my name. I don’t take it personally but it is wrong for them to pass judgments on me without any evidence. They use their political rallies to denounce my name, which is unfair to me. I wish the MDC leadership could respect me and this office,” he said.

“The MDC has shamelessly and persistently said that I must go and have passed judgments on my office.  Without any evidence they talk about selective application of the law and persecution without going into the merits.

“They (MDC activists) are being arrested for doing something they are not telling you about. They are talking nonsense saying they are being arrested and that there is selective application of the law,” Tomana added.

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