Former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who is facing various allegations of corruption, fraud, criminal abuse of office and theft of trust property, yesterday had his bail reporting conditions further relaxed, and he now reports twice a week to police.
BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE
Before the latest variation, Chombo used to report three times a week.
Harare magistrate, Tilda Mazhande granted the variation after Chombo, through his lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku, argued the stringent bail conditions were inhibiting his farming activities.
The former minister had another docket merged with Rejoice Pazvakavambwa and Lazarus Chimba, where he is being accused of facilitating the transfer of council property into his name.
Former Zanu PF youth leader, Kudzanai Chipanga, who is being charged together with Chombo, Mathew Nleya and Innocent Hamandishe on criminal nuisance allegations after they were found wearing Zanu PF regalia had his bail reporting conditions also reduced from three times a day to twice a week.
Mazhande remanded the accused on all the dockets to April 6, pending finalisation of their investigation.
The State alleges that on a day unknown to the prosecution in Harare between December 8 and 13, 2017, the quartet, acting in common purpose, connived to commit an act of criminal nuisance
It is alleged, well knowing that they had been expelled from Zanu PF, they took photographs of themselves, wearing the party’s regalia in the form of hats, with an embroidered Zanu PF flag, inscribed ED and Kutonga Kwaro.
The court heard that the four then posted the said photographs on social media. According to the State, this was an act seen by Zanu PF hierarchy as a nuisance to the party.