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D-Day for Chombo

By Fidelis Munyoro

Former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo, who is facing a slew of corruption charges, will know his fate today when the High Court makes a ruling on his appeal for bail.

Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo arrives at court to face corruption charges, in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo arrives at court to face corruption charges, in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 27, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

This comes amid reports that Chombo’s co-accused, arrested on allegations of facilitating the transfer of council property worth over $900 000 into the former Finance Minister’s name, have been granted bail.

Deputy director of valuations and estate management in the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Rejoice Pazvakavambwa (43) and the registrar of valuers, Lazarus Chimba (70), appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Josephine Sande on charges of violating Section 4(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 9:16).

They were granted $300 bail last Friday and remanded to December 8. The pair was advised to report twice at Machipisa Police Station and not to interfere with State witnesses. In their bail application, the duo that was represented by Messrs Admire Rubaya and Joel Mambara convinced the court to grant them freedom.

Chombo has been in custody for the past two weeks. He was denied bail when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Elisha Singano on November 27. Through his lawyer Professor Lovemore Madhuku, Chombo approached the High Court on appeal last week. However, the High Court on Thursday deferred the hearing to today to allow the prosecution to file its response.

Among the serious charges Chombo is facing are violating Section 4(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 9:16) by allegedly conniving with Psychology Chiwanga, Rejoice Pazvakavambwa, Iben Fransisco, James Chiyangwa, Theresa Chenjerayi, Elias Choto and Lazarus Chimba to forge documents used to transfer a Glen Lorne, Harare, property from the Harare City Council (HCC) to one Alois Chimeri.

It is the State’s case that the duo acted in connivance with Chombo, Chiwanga, Francisco, Chiyangwa, Chenjerayi and Choto. Prosecuting, Mr Edmore Nyazamba alleged that on a date unknown to the State, Chimba wrote a memo dated June 13, 2008 to the City of Harare, indicating he had no objection to a double transfer of a property in Glen Lorne to Aloise Chimeri.

He also did not object to Chimeri being given title deeds to the said property, which had been illegally acquired and sold to him by Chombo. According to the State, Chimba also influenced Harare City Council to illegally get compensation for the said piece of land, which had been sold by Chombo.

Pazvakavambwa, it is alleged, authored another document on June 25 the same year addressed to the City of Harare confirming the property had been sold to Chombo.

She further instructed Francisco to transfer the property into Chombo’s name, the court heard.

It is further alleged by so doing, Chimba and Pazvakavambwa acted contrary to and inconsistently with their duties as public officers as their actions had the effect of showing favour to Chombo and Chimeri. The Herald


  • Under dog killer #guied

  • Anoshamisireyiko anongotaugwa vangani vasungwa varikupinda court tday vamwe ve armed robbery and murder chaivo

  • Let justice prevail and all culprits brought to book . They cant be the only criminals who were surro… https://t.co/bGLJ8nD8IQ

  • I thought that thief was due to be back in court on the 8th of December?

  • instead of ku dealer nekuti toita sei tibvise ma Sanctions akaiswa. muribusy kutaura zvaana chombo hazvisununguri nyika. They must remove sanctions akaiswa ndawana Obama

    • Sanctions came coz of what?remember it was thru these guys the likes of Chombo and G40 who actually misdirected the former president and made do stupid decisions which led to the imposing of sanctions to targeted individuals so let Chombo and company be criminalized and face the wrath

  • he must taste his own medicine

  • Sorojena kugwadziwa nejere asati apuwa mutongo.kuzoti paachanzi 45yrs pajere with hard labour achadii

  • veduwe ndozvega hre

    • I also feel sorry for the man…..ko vana Mpofu?Vakawanda vakaba mari…Ana Dydmus …..they are free….Look at his age Hasband kuba mari yakawanda kudarika vamwe Asi arikungo ndundurudzwa kumatare….Mari yakawanikwa kumba kwake maybe ndo yakapihwa Mugabe futi….irikupi?Its so sad

  • He will not be granted bail.Zanu PF is using this case to give us any impression that things have changed in Zimbabwe.Its campaigning.Chombo himself is a willing participant and will never go to jail.Tiru kuvharwa nematsotsi eZanu aya

    • u mst be crazy Gordon

    • Stop taking weed Gordon.

    • I think you are right. However he has overstayed in jail. He will be released and then he will skip to another country under a gonyeti

    • Why would one criminal arrest another criminal??Unofunga kuti ivo vari kumusunga havana kuba?Zanu PF is just full of playing with people’s minds.Never trust that party

    • Hakuna jere raachaenda Chombo

    • Gordon is right…it looks like a planned thing.

  • Let’s get PC in there. Remember how he was too special to stop at road blocks? The Justice system nee… https://t.co/57jQs5647G

  • I will put muy last dollar and bet that he will be a free man.

  • I wonder if Chombo and that Chipanga guy were the only guys who were being corrupt in Mugabe’s Gvt.Ko vamwe varipi?

  • Why sacrificing chombo ega muchisiya ana Chihuri vadhara vecorruption

  • Shame Chombo ndiwe wega mbava muZimbabwe

    • Chombo haisiri iye ega mbavha asi uyu Chombo akauraya lyf yeVanhu vakawanda chaizvo achivatengesera Dzimba oputsa otengesera vamwe zvee opusta futy Saka dai uri iwe moyo wainzwawo sei??

  • Mbivhaaaa

  • Ichiri nyaya yekuba nekutuka chete here iyi or pane zvimwe

  • free Chombo ,he cant be facing this pain any more ,!!!

  • Free the man please…

  • ngayiswe muchitorongo uyo

  • Ngaatambire kisimisi ariko

  • Its unfair why arresting 2 people you mean ndovakaba chete or yava yekumakana.mnangagwa namugabe vakafana.Mugabe did the same kunajames makamba.wen Chris kuruneri says my hands are clean Mugabe quick to arrest him achisiya mbavha.chombo waita munyama.vans overt mpofu atova ma minister bt neo mbavha huru.

  • why did they leave kasukuvere and jonathan to flee,sorry chombo bika doro munyama upere,we want all these mbavha to restitute what they stole from the people of zimbabwe

  • Regai vemutemo vaite basa ravo zvinorwadza kuswera tiri mumitsara yekubank vamwe vachichena misoro nekuvigamari .Basa sebasa musamupe bail uyo. Vakawanda vachabatwa tarisai chete.

  • Sorojena kkkkkkk

  • uyo nhingi uyo mupei 140 years ari mukati.