Chombo acquitted, prosecutors claim no evidence he stole 125 stands

Zimstar News

A Harare magistrate has set free, former Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo who was being tried for corruptly allocating himself more than 125 residential stands when he was still minister.

The former Zanu PF top official’s land theft was implicated in the Justice Uchena land audit report.

He was being accused of criminal abuse of office.

The alleged offence was committed some 15 years ago.

In his ruling, Harare provincial magistrate Stanford Mambanje removed Chombo from remand and advised the state to proceed by way of summons.

This is after the State had admitted it had no sufficient evidence to pin down the veteran politician.

Prosecutor Lancelotte Mutsokoti proposed to proceed by way of summons saying the State had no sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

By going scot-free and against the background of ex-minister Samuel Undenge’s Presidential pardoning April this year, this means none of former President Robert Mugabe’s ministers is in prison for looting of state resources.

Regarded as one of the most corrupt top government officials under Mugabe, Chombo was Finance Minister and Zanu PF secretary for administration when the late former leader was ousted 2017.

He was immediately arrested and accused of a slew of corruption related offences.