Jobless Former Finance Minister Chombo Begs Court to Review Bail Conditions So He Could Go And Farm For Survival


Embattled former cabinet minister and former Zanu PF secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo has approached the courts seeking a review of his bail reporting conditions.

Zimbabwes Finance Minister, Ignatius Chombo, left, and Kudzanai Chipanga in leg irons are led to a prison truck at the magistrates courts in Harare, Zimbabwe, Saturday, Nov.25, 2017. The legality of the military take over in Zimbabwe is under scruitiny in new cases against several officals linked to the ruling party faction of Mugabes wife. Chombo told the court that masked men in military uniforms burst into his home and pointed assault rifles at him and his wife as the military moved in. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

In his application Chombo begged the court to lessen his conditions as they were affecting his ability to conduct his new found occupation farming.


Chombo’s application for variation of bail conditions was heard before Harare magistrate Ms Josephine Sunday this afternoon.

Through his lawyer Professor Lovemore Madhuku, Chombo raised new facts which had arisen since his arrest last month on a litany of corruption charges.

He said his original reporting conditions where he reports thrice daily throughout the week was no longer tenable as he is a family man who since the loss of his government and political office now relies on farming for his family sustenance.

Professor Madhuku in a telephone interview said they are seeking a review of Chombo’s reporting conditions to once a day between Monday and Friday

The court will give its ruling over the application for variation of bail on Monday the 8th of January 2018.-ZBC