Chombo’s court case crumbles, removed from remand

By ZBC Reporter
FORMER Cabinet Minister, Ignatius Chombo who is facing charges of criminal abuse of office has been removed from remand.
The case in which former Local Government, Public Works and National Housing Minister, Ignatius Chombo is jointly charged with the ministry’s former Valuations and Estate Management Director, Lazarus Chimbo has crumbled after Magistrate Hosea Mujaya removed the duo from remand due to lack of progress in the matter.
The state, which has failed to provide a policy document which is the basis of the charge and detect whether or not the co-accused were acting in accordance with the law, was told to proceed by way of summons.
Professor Lovemore Madhuku and Joe Mambara who were representing the co-accused successfully filed for refusal of further remand, arguing that there is no basis of arresting the duo without the policy document.
The State represented by George Manokore told the court that their efforts to get the document from relevant authorities were fruitless.
The two are facing criminal abuse of office charges for allegedly facilitating the sale of a government house in Mutare to former-Zanu PF legislator, Fred Kanzama.
In another court case, the trial of former permanent secretary in the ministry of mines and mining development, Francis Gudyanga has been set for the 24th of next month.
The court heard that the matter has taken time due to the change of prosecutors handling the matter after the former prosecutor recused herself.
Gudyanga is facing criminal abuse of office charges after he allegedly authorised the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) to pay more than 1.6 million united states dollars to a foreign company claiming that it was an MMCZ dividend which was inconsistent and contrary to his duties.