Computers stolen from DPP’s office

Mystery surrounds the theft of computers and hard drives from the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) at Capital Hill.

But the Ministry of Justice has allayed fears that crucial information related to court cases was lost in the break-in.

Masanjala: Nothing has been tampered with

The ministry spokesperson Pilirani Masanjala told Nation on Sunday that they have taken new security measures in the wake of the robbery, assuring the public that no cases would be affected.

“As far as the operation of the DPP office is concerned, everything is running as it always has. However, this being a security issue, we are not at liberty to disclose the specific security measures,” he said.

According to our source, while the theft’s impact remains unclear, it might affect those files that were yet to be filed.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said he had no report on the incident and referred us to Lingadzi Police Station whose jurisdiction includes Capital Hill.

Lingadzi Police Station spokesperson Gift Chitowe said they had no report, but were flooded with media inquiries on the matter.

“We have been receiving media questions, but we don’t know where the incident was reported,” he said.

The DPP is vital for the justice delivery system, responsible for prosecution of thousands of cases annually.

Constitutionally, the DPP is responsible for prosecuting high profile cases such as murder, corruption and fraud.

It also approves prosecutions by the police and Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

No other offices were apparently targeted in the building that also houses the Solicitor General and Attorney General.

Two sources at the ministry collaborated that the thieves targeted the hard drives and computer.

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