Chombo gets pass­port back

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Harare Metropolitan News - Noku­tenda Chiyangwa Her­ald Re­porter

FOR­MER Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Ig­natius Chombo was on Tues­day given back his pass­port to en­able him to travel to South Africa for med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

He will have the pass­port un­til June 13.

The for­mer min­is­ter had ap­plied for the re­lease of the pass­port as he wanted to travel abroad.

The for­mer min­is­ter ap­peared be­fore Harare mag­is­trate Ms Vic­to­ria Mashamba for rou­tine re­mand. He was re­manded to June 13. Chombo’s co-ac­cused - Re­joice Paz­vakavambwa, the deputy di­rec­tor of val­u­a­tions and es­tate man­age­ment in the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing, and Lazarus Chimba, the reg­is­trar of val­uers - were re­manded to May 16.

They ap­plied for re­fusal of fur­ther re­mand.

Through his lawyer Pro­fes­sor Love­more Mad­huku, Chombo no­ti­fied the court of his in­ten­tion to travel to South Africa on health grounds.

Chombo is fac­ing a raft of charges rang­ing from cor­rup­tion to abuse of of­fice, fraud and crim­i­nal nui­sance.

He is ac­cused of al­lo­cat­ing res­i­den­tial stands to il­le­gal set­tlers at White­cliff Farm in Harare be­fore de­mand­ing and re­ceiv­ing a bribe of a 3 712-square me­tre stand from the landowner to help re­move them.

The land owner, Ed­dies Pfu­gari Prop­erty De­vel­op­ers (Pvt) Ltd, lost prop­erty worth $200 mil­lion in the process.

Paz­vakavambwa and Chimba are ac­cused of fa­cil­i­tat­ing the il­le­gal trans­fer of coun­cil prop­erty worth $900 000 into Chombo’s name.

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