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Chombo Granted Bail

Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje has granted bail to former Cabinet Minister Ignatius Chombo.

Chombo who spent five days in custody on corruption related charges was ordered to remain subjected to previous conditions set in his cases that are still pending before the courts.

He was further ordered to surrender title deeds for his Mount Pleasant home, continue residing at his given address and report once every fortnight at the nearest police station.

His next remand date is 12 March 2021.

In his ruling on the application, Mambanje allayed fears of abscondment by the State by asserting that the former minister proved to be a perfect candidate for bail after he visited South Africa nine times without violating the previous bail conditions.

The State represented by Charles Muchemwa and Ephraim Zinyandu had opposed bail stating that the charges he was facing would likely influence him to flee from trial.

Chombo was arrested for allegedly allocating several stands in and around Harare without Cabinet authority and faced one count of fraud and five counts of criminal abuse of office, all believed to have been committed between the year 2000 and 2015.

He was represented by his lawyers Lovemore Madhuku, Tungamirai Muganhiri and Munyaradzi Bwanya. Nhau/Indaba

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