State readies for Chombo land theft trial

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A HARARE court Friday heard that all dockets against former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo are now with the Prosecutor General (PG) for perusal pending his trial.

Chombo was last Friday remanded to May 10 awaiting the dockets by Harare magistrate Tilda Mazhande.

He has more than four criminal cases chasing him and is being represented by lawyer Lovemore Madhuku who did not challenge remand decision.

The embattled ex-minister is reporting twice a week at the police as part of his bail conditions and had his title deeds of a house worth $700,000 confiscated by the state pending the judgement on his offences.

According to court papers, his offences date back to the 1990s while the latest offence was committed early this year after he wore Zanu PF party regalia.

He is also accused of demanding a bribe from a businessman Eddies Pfugari and unlawfully taking his land.

The state also claims that Chombo sold land belonging to a Chredzi fish farmer to someone else after the owner refused to give him 25% shares he was allegedly demanding.

Court heard he also took state vehicles and distributed them among his family members among other offences.

He is also being charged together with Kudzai Chipanga and Munyaradzi Innocent Hamandishe for wearing Zanu PF regalia after they were sacked from the party.

On another court record he appears together with two local government ministry employees he allegedly connived with to steal land belonging to Harare City council by abusing their powers.