Chombo Freed Over Insufficient Evidence
6 October 2021
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By A Correspondent- Former Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo has been removed from remand after the State submitted that it had no sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

Chombo, who is facing several corruption charges emanating from the Justice Uchena Report, was freed by Harare Provincial magistrate Stanford Mambanje.

Mambanje removed Chombo from remand and advised the State to proceed by way of summons if they need Chombo back in court.

That was after prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti proposed to proceed by way of summons saying there was no sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

Chombo recently challenged remand on his latest allegations arguing there was no formal complaint against him in the matter.

He is accused of criminal abuse of office after he allegedly allocated himself more than 125 residential stands without authority during his time as a cabinet minister.

On the criminal abuse of office charges, it is alleged he created a bank account in his name where housing cooperatives deposited money.

He challenged the State to provide the quantum of prejudice for the allegedly committed crime some 15 years ago.

Chombo told the court that the bank account number cited by the State was in fact not his, adding that not a single housing cooperative was registered in his name.

He said he only had one property with title deeds in his name.

Last month, Chombo was acquitted in a case he was accused of unlawfully wearing Zanu PF party regalia.

-State media