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Chombo accused of defrauding Pfugari

Ignatius Chombo
Ignatius Chombo

The ex-Zanu PF secretary for administration allegedly demanded a $300 000 bribe from property mogul, Eddies Pfugari, in return to displacing illegal settlers who had occupied the businessman’s Whitecliff Farm, situated on the outskirts of the capital city.

Chombo was represented by Lovemore Madhuku when he appeared before Harare magistrate, Rumbidzayi Mugwagwa.

Prosecutor Edmore Nyazamba consented to have the same bail conditions imposed by the High Court on Chombo’s first court appearance apply in the present matter.

This entails that Chombo will continue reporting three times a day at Marlborough Police Station, remains barred from visiting the ministry of Local Government offices and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe, continues residing at his present address and not interfere with witnesses until his cases are finalised.

During his initial court appearance, Chombo was made to deposit $5000 bail and surrender his passport and title deeds to his mansion worth about $700 000.

In the current matter, the complainant is Pfugari of Eddies Pfugari Property Developers (Private) Limited, represented by the company’s managing director, Edward Nyanyiwa.

The State alleges that sometime in 1997 Pfugari purchased Whitecliff Farm from Fredrick John William Smith and the property was transferred under Deed of Transfer number 10444/2000.

The court heard that prior to the acquisition of the property, government had a certificate of “no present interest” in respect of the land and based on that understanding Pfugari was granted a subdivision permit.

He subsequently divided the farm into residential stands and began selling the stands to prospective home owners.

Sometime in 2000, Chombo who was then Local Government minister used his authority to allocate the residential stands to illegal settlers within Pfugari’s property.

According to the State, Chombo’s conduct disrupted a lawful housing scheme by abusing his office and acting unlawfully.

Pfugari subsequently lost property valued at $200 million.

It was further alleged that Chombo appeared to be sympathetic to Pfugari for his loss and reportedly invited him to his office assuring him he would remove the illegal settlers from his land.

Chombo claimed he would use his political muscle on condition that Pfugari gave him a consideration or reward in the form of a piece of land from his property in Norton where he was selling residential stands.

Since Pfugari was desperate at that time, he gave Chombo stand number 5841 Knowe Norton measuring 3 712 acres valued at $310 150.

Pfugari was advised to transfer the stand into Ronchelle Trading (Private) Limited, a company whose directors are Nimrod Chiminya (Chombo’s brother) and Kumbirai Mubwandarika under Deed of Transfer number 10761/02.

The shelf company was allegedly bought and used specifically for this transaction. DailyNews

  • Absolute nonsense

  • vachafunga kuti kuenda kudenga it’s much bttr

  • They won’t try him, he knows too much and was even funding some of their projects

  • Tinoda vanhu vakaba madiamonds. Maplots of land have no value because we have plenty of them.

  • Haas kana ari Chombo aakutosungwa everyday kunge neck tie ya teacher musiyei akadaro ndokuti amame kkkkkk aimbobireiko?Ko murambatsvina anoti yaienda yega here? Ngaamame sorojena uyu

  • Muchati Bhuu

    In the early 2000 we used to laugh a how Chombo can even steal wet blankets off the washing line as long as there is a potential buyer.He does not give a shi..t .What anyone else thinks….as long aita mari

  • bobsled

    Well, didn’t Zanu PF benefit from this stolen land by getting ‘illegal occupants’ to vote for Zanu PF? Its the system, stupid!

  • Lwl

    There are manyout there who are looters and it seems it is payback time for those supportiing Disgrace