Chombo begs for mercy, offers to quit politics

INCARCERATED former Cabinet minister and ex-Zanu PF secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo , has offered to quit politics and go into full-time farming or return to teaching in an effort to regain his freedom.

BY CHARLES LAITON

The former minister made the remarks in his bail statement, through his lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku, while trying to persuade the High Court to grant him bail in an appeal set to be heard today.

Ignatius Chombo

“Appellant [Chombo] has been a Member of Parliament and Cabinet minister for the past 20 years,” Madhuku said in the appeal.

“He ceased being a Cabinet minister upon the assumption of office of the President [Emmerson Mnangagwa] on November 24, 2017.

“He ceased being a Member of Parliament on November 28, 2017.

“He is a farmer and may return to his former job as a university lecturer.”

Chombo was previously Higher and Tertiary Education, Local Government, Home Affairs and Finance minister. He was three weeks ago allegedly detained by the military before he was subsequently charged with fraud, criminal abuse of office and corruption.

On Monday, provincial magistrate Elisha Singano denied Chombo bail on the basis that he was a flight risk, was likely to interfere with investigations and could be harmed by the public angry at his corruption charges.

The magistrate also pointed out that the former minister was “likely to abscond as he had access to significant financial resources, which he could use to buy his way out through the country’s border posts”.

But in his appeal, Chombo said Singano had misdirected himself in denying him his right to liberty.

“There was neither evidence nor any other basis from which it could be said that the appellant was likely to abscond,” Madhuku said.

“There was neither evidence nor any other basis from which it could be said that appellant could interfere with witnesses.
“Reference to a public outcry is, in itself, never a compelling reason given that it is the people themselves that entrenched a presumption of innocence in the Constitution. The State did not address any of the bail conditions offered by the appellant, thereby, failing to discharge the onus thrust upon it by law.

“The decision to deny bail on the basis of the above grounds is so outrageous in its defiance of logic or common sense that no reasonable magistrate, applying his or her mind to the facts and conscious of the right to liberty, could ever have reached that conclusion …”

Madhuku is also set to file another bail appeal on behalf of the deposed Zanu PF national youth league leader, Kudzanayi Chipanga, who was also denied bail on the same grounds when he separately appeared before another magistrate, Josephine Sande.

Madhuku had proposed that Chombo be allowed to deposit $2 000 bail, report three times a day on every day of the week, reside at his given address, surrender his passport, surrender title deeds, police be allowed to visit his place of residence at any time and not to visit his government offices until finalisation of the matter.

In his submissions and in reference to Chipanga, Madhuku argued that a democratic society would not criminalise statements issued as it would be against the constitutional right to freedom of expression.

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57 Comments

  1. josphat mugadzaweta

    izvo uri gwara rakadai? give us back our money you looted, tell us all that was looted by your zanu peers include ED and we will let you free!!! you want to go and corrupt our kids at uz…. no ways!!

    1. NO CURRUPTION NOT POSSIBLE IN AFRICA

  2. Life is unfair; how fast does a hunter become the hunted? The duo must be silently confessing.

  3. let him return the loot first

  4. Life is unfair and very cruel.I know that Lovermore Madhuku is a professional lawyer,but does he still remember that Chombo and his homeboy Mugabe were oppressing and suppressing him with their drangoin laws? How on earth is he sympathizing with a criminal cabal? Chombo must be charged heavily and he must be striped off with all the stolen properties.There must be no mess for all zanu pf cadres because they have destroyed US forever.

    1. He is not sympathising, he is getting paid for his troubles.

    2. @sandy, yes Chombo was corrupt and was on a mission to get as much money as possible. The problem is that he is not the only one. There is one Obert Mpofu, for example, who is in the right faction and so far looks like nothing will be done to him. And there are many others with varying degrees of corruption.

    3. Look there is no business in Zimbabwe , so any piece of work is better than no work at all, even Tendai Biti at one time represented his one time worst enemy Gedion Gono

      1. GONO – ISM ????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    4. Madhuku is doing this for the money. There are many ZANU PF lawyers who could have represented CHOMBO CHEKUBA

  5. Aiwaka nhai vaChombo. U need rehabilitation with the correctional services. And bail should not be set at anything less than $10 million. Everyone knows you looted wealth. After rehabilitation u need to hand over everything you own to the state. Then you can walk.

    1. $10milion ishoma for someone whose networth is $1.2billion, lets talk about $900milion ka

    2. Obert Mpofu is now the minister of home affairs

  6. Kugarakunzwananahamandishe Garanewako

    Munobvuma here mhosva dzose dzamurikupomerwa vaChombo? Kana muchibvuma, madiyi kudzorera zvose zvamurikunzi makatora, kuitira kuti musapedzere dare nguva. Nekudaro, ndinoona dare richikunzwirayi tsitsi. Asi kana murikuramba mhosva dzamurikupomorwa, dare rinenge roda kuti paitwe wongororo yakakwana. Munhu anotanga abvuma mhosva, odzorera zvaakanga atora, ozokumbira ruregerero mushure mhanduwewe.

  7. Kana Jesu chaiye aiitira vanhu zvakanaka vanhu vakatadza kumuregerera kwakumurovera pamuchinjikwa

  8. Comment…why Chombo only ana obert mpofu vakati zete nekuguta zvekuba

  9. Payment due in full Chombo! Karma has come to collect and you deserve every bit of it, rot in that jail cell!

  10. Dec kuMazvikadei Dam kunospakwa

    Let justice be tempered with MERCY through out. Let him go because this has proven to be a factional fight not justice. If its justice, we also would want to hear more corrupt cases involving the likes of Chiyangwa, Sir Wicknell mbavha Chivhayo who was given a 5 million tender 2 years ago and still no development, as well as the Gushungos, Cabinet ministers including Chinamasa, Obert Mpofu. The list is endless, they (the ones in power) also have their cases to answer when it comes to corruption deals. Let him leave the country and leave in exile and that has to be the worst outcome in his judgement not CHIKURUBI because there, every minister deserve to be locked …. Ndatenda hangu

    1. The time will come for others. For now we deal with what is on the table. Factional wars were about political power, so if he was busy lining his pockets, he’s just a thief, and justice beckons.

  11. zvakabiwa zvose zvinofanirwa kudzoswa ndokuti nyaya ipere

  12. He should also offer to return all that he looted. He’s as guilty as sin, and is going down in any fair court of law. I’m sure his ex wife Marian will be witness for the prosecution. As for bail, he’s no candidate, for he has shown contempt of court before, so he’s likely to abscond. Can’t blame Madhuku for making such easy money, and the longer Chombo stays in custody, the more money he makes as he makes appeal after appeal.

  13. dai obert mpofu aziva kuti zuva rake richasvikawo wether b4 God or man one day he will stand to be judged

  14. GUYZ LETS BE FAIR HERE, THERE ARE SO MANY CRIMINALS WHO ARE NOW NEW CABINET MINISTERS AS WE SPEAK. WHY HIM ALONE WHILST YOU DETAINED MANY, WHERE ARE THE OTHER GUYZ, IF YOU ARE DEALING WITH CORRUPTION AND YOU BECOME SELECTIVE THAT MEANS YOU ARE ALSO CORRUPT(THIS IS A FACT). A PACK FULL OF ROTTEN TOMATOES WITH ONLY 2 GOOD ONES CAN NOT BE SOLD, PANOSVIKA VANHU VANOTI MADOMASI AKO AKAORA BUT IMO MUNEWO 2 AKANAKA, THIS IS OUR NEW CABINET NOW. OPPOSITION PARTIES PULL UP YOUR SOCKS WE DONT HAVE TIME TO WASTE. LETS DEAL WITH CORRUPTION WITH CLEAR MINDS AND DEVELOPMENT NOT WITH FEELINGS OR WITH PERSONAL ISSUES. HOW OLD IS JULY MOYO, HE SHOULD GO AND REST, THOSE THIEVES MPOFU, CHINAMASA, SHAMU, KHAYA MOYO AND OTHERS ALL ALSO RECYCLED INTO NEW CABINET AND CHINAMASA MIGHT BE OUR VICE PRESIDENT, WHAT A SHAME. ITS SAD IN DEED.

  15. While l would like justice to prevail on all corrupt members of the society for the good of the country lm baffled by some things. Why is Chombo the only one being tried. Jonso akaba kuZimdefand was sent somewhere very far. Kasukuwere akabawo and built a house like hotel and sent far in the wilderness.Obert aa atova minister zvekare.more like pamberi nekuba. Our saviours hatitotauri.Why is Chombo taking the fall. Is there something that we are not being told. Do you think Zimbabwe went into comatose because of Chombo.Mugabe.Jonso.Kasukuwere only. I doubt that.

    1. i also am pessuaded to think the same.something fishy

  16. Why Chombo only?

    Is this imposed president serious about rooting out corruption when he’s recycling corrupt ridden buffoons into his cabinet most of whom should be standing trial together with Chombo!

  17. As much as I loathe the character of Ignatius Chombo. It still remains a fact that he is a Zimbabwean, entitled to the same protection and rights enshrined in the constitution. The moment we are allowing our emotions to act without the benefit of the intellect, this so called new dispensation is exactly the same with the one that we took to the streets for that Saturday November 18. Every accused person should be treated the same without looking at their name or they once were. If the system does this to Chombo today, who knows who will under go the same tomorrow, it could be Tsangirai, may be you next. Its imperative that we lose that culture inherited from the Mugabe regime, and epitomize the rule of law and magistrates should not be found misdirecting themselves in abuse of their powers or for political expedience. It is for that reason that I find myself in 100% agreement with Madhuku’s arguments. Lets not taint the image of our judiciary or the image of the country with regards to the rule of law.

    1. JAIL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. imi ndaagare mujeri that where the likes of him must be. his other friends vachatera after 2018 elections. what so special about him, vanhu vese varikumajeri havasi vanhu. thy looted money vachibhuditsa kunze. not even thinking of contributing some of that stolen money back to the community. how many times have we heard mumajeri hamuna chikafu etc. but where were they with their billions let him experience the life in jail. no messy for me. vamwe vake ana grace, mpofu etc they will follow I am sure 2018 after elections.

  19. by then when his old friends follow anenge ava senior showing them how to survivor in prison and how to bribe jail guards to get favours. nonses

  20. anenge apuhwa nani basa reku lecture. Ahazivi here kuti hakuna mabasa

    1. chakanyanya ichi mdara

  21. I didnt know that Teaching and Farming are equal to a Prison term saka vazhinji vari mujeri diii kkkkkkkk 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Chimboitinhai mombe lolest

  22. Actually quite a number of your fellow comrades Chombo should have been with you in remand prison,the likes of Obert “Obedient son” Mpofu,Chinamasa,Samuel Undenge,Chiwenga for looting diamonds in Chiadzwa,Wicknell Chivayo,Garwe himself.Zanu pf ‘s tainted image will never get better with the same thieving faces.Its like applying lipstick to a frog.

    1. MUGABE STOLE THE 15BIL TO PAY FOR TAXI FUEL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Comment…Haa Chombo haasi serious.Politics yaarikuda kurega ndeipi iye akadzingwa.Vaizviita vana vamambo but nhasi zvamuwana
    .Hanzi i will quit politics instead of saying i will return all the money i stole and also help to expose all the currupt people.But unonzwa munhu achizaura zvisina basa.I think pfungwa dzake dzarasika.Chamunofanira kuziva ndechekuti kana mukanoba makawanda usafunge kuti munobatwa mese.Ayewa unogona kubatwa uri wega so waita munyama.It seems wanga wangojaira kungoba for no reason.Who would want to vote for such a selfish self centered person.Temba Muliswa told you to improved jails but you choose to buy vana vemagirkfriend mota.Idyai izvozvo minister ohh forgot its ex minister

  24. I am very confident that if Chombo pays pack all he looted, the money is enough to kick start our industry.

  25. OBERT MPOFU SHOULD BE PROSECUTED AS WELL

  26. You are wasting ur tym here cz u are nt involved in the prosecution madi kungot zii nhai ana tibukai

  27. I’ve got two questions fellow Zimbabweans, is Chombo the only criminal that was around the former President of Zimbabwe, and was he the one targeted by the ZDF? Operation Restore Legacy should be reversed and then we start again.

    GOD BLESS ZIMBABWE!

  28. Um quite happy to see this thief suffering and begging for mercy forgetting that we have also been begging for their mercy for all these years but they turned a blind eye on us looting our resources for their benefit. He should name his accomplices and pay back everything he stole. Jus seeing your white head on the picture makes me sick zvimbava zvisina tsitsi but want tsitsi racho from us. futsek !

    1. GET PLOUGHING THE RAINS ARE NEARLY HERE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. Madhuku zviri easy for your client to be granted bail $2000, report 3 times kumapoti and your(Madhuku) house kuMt Pleasant ka1. Then we will see if he is not a flight risk. kkkkkkkkpwaaaa pasi dhi nekuseka zvagu !!.

  30. There is no vacant hakuna mabasa. This is now the reality of life. At least he is now seing the situation in the jails they used to put MDC supporters. Zanu chiororo.

  31. Comment…other criminals got cabinet posts, paoneiwo ipapo.you are a criminal only wen u are in e wrong faction

    1. Very true that. Chombo is no worse than Mpofu, for example. Why make an example of just one person. Is he the only one who is corrupt? No. Now Mpofu is in charge of police, who would have thought that?

  32. Zuva nezuva rine zvaro

  33. he is back

  34. Dindingwe rinofara richikweva rimwe kana rokwevewa roti mavara angu azara mavhu.operation yema gunners yanga ichingofanira kumuvharira without madhuku.madhuku ndi professor wemutemo muchazonzwa kuti nyaya dzachombo dzaraswa.

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