Former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo Arrested
President Mnangagwa’s Special Anti Corruption Unit (SACU) has arrested former Minister Of Finance Ignatius Chombo.
According to ZimMorning Post, Chombo was arrested this morning on criminal abuse charges. On its Twitter handle, the publication wrote:
Former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo has been arrested by SACU. Charges are: one count of fraud and 5 counts criminal abuse of duty as public officer. All charges arise from the Uchena Land Commission report
Breaking: Former Finance minister Ignatious Chombo has been arrested by SACU. Charges are: one count of fraud and 5 counts criminal abuse of duty as public officer. All charges arise from the Uchena Land Commission report..More to follow pic.twitter.com/zte9Vr5EPc
— ZimMorningPost (@ZimMorning_Post) February 22, 2021
A few weeks ago Prosecutor-General Kumbirai Hodzi said the case against former Cabinet Minister Ignatius Chombo and former Environment and Tourism Minister Prisca Mupfumira will be finalized soon.
In 2017, Chombo who is also a former Local Government Minister was arrested for criminal abuse of office over the way he handled the Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle program in Whitecliff farm in Harare.
In 2019, Chombo was re-arrested and charged with corruptly selling government property in Mutare to a former Zanu PF MP.
Sometime in November 2019, Chombo escalated his freedom battle to Constitutional Court two years after his arrest and placement on remand arguing the State has no authority to prosecute him.
In his application, Chombo sought a permanent stay of proceedings against him arguing his rights were violated when he was arrested between November 15 and 23 2017 when he was abducted by suspected State agents.
Through his lawyer, the former Zanu PF secretary for administration, an application was filed stating that proceeding to trial would undermine the administration of justice.
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