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Ignatius Chombo: Former Zanu-PF Kingpin in Court for Corruption

Harare - After a week of high drama and suspense, former Zanu-PF secretary for administration and Finance minister Ignatius Chombo has appe...

Harare - After a week of high drama and suspense, former Zanu-PF secretary for administration and Finance minister Ignatius Chombo has appeared before a Harare magistrate facing a litany of graft-related allegations.

Chombo - an untouchable withing the political ranks, was reportedly returned to his house on Thursday following his “detention” by the military last week.

His lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku, yesterday said Chombo was detained at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals after he sustained injuries while in detention and would be charged for abuse of office and corruption.

“We have agreed that they will bring him to court tomorrow at 9am. He is being charged for abuse of office basically when he was Minister of Local Government.

“Some of the allegations arise from his actions he allegedly did in 1997 and the latest charge being allegedly the abuse of government inputs scheme in 2005,” Madhuku said.

He was picked up by the military last week during the launch of “Operation Restore Legacy” targeted at “criminals” surrounding then President Robert Mugabe.
Ignatius Chombo in Court 

It is alleged that Chombo was being held at King George V1 Barracks (now Josiah Magama Tongogara) since his capture.

Meanwhile, the court has adjourned to give state and defence time to deliberate on whether they agree that circumstances around the alleged unlawfull detention of Ignatius Chombo is sensitive and affects national security.

Ignatius Morgan Chombo born on 1 August 1952, is a Zimbabwean politician who was appointed Minister of Finance in 2017.

Previously he has served in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe as Minister of Home Affairs during 2015-2017, Minister of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development during 2000-2015.

Chombo was nominated as Zanu PF's candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Zvimba North, in Mashonaland West, in the March 2008 parliamentary election.

He won the seat with 6,784 votes in the initial count, defeating two candidates of the Movement for Democratic Change: Ernest Mudimu (MDC-T), who received 1,701 votes, and Magama Shelton (MDC-M), who received 944 votes.

The MDC challenged this result, and a recount in April showed Chombo with an improved margin of victory: he gained 155 votes in the recount, Mudimu gained 13 votes, and Magama lost 28 votes.

When The ZANU-PF–MDC national unity government was sworn in on 13 February 2009, Chombo was retained as Minister of Local Government.

President Mugabe moved Chombo to the post of Minister of Home Affairs on 6 July 2015. In October 2017, he was appointed as Minister of Finance in a cabinet reshuffle. He finally was removed from his post and detained by the military in the course of the 2017 Zimbabwean coup d'état. - Online Sources

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