Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo avoided a 90-day jail term after High Court judge Justice Charles Hungwe ruled in his favour saying he had since complied with the court order to facilitate the release of $1,5 million that belongs to Mutare businessman, Tendai Blessing Mangwiro.
In his ruling Justice Hungwe said:
It is ordered that: The applicant (Chombo) has complied with his obligations as nominal defendant in terms of the State Liabilities Act (Chapter 8:14) in respect of the order of court handed down under case numbers HC 4766/13 and HC 4261/16. Where a minister directs that certain payment be made in compliance with a court order, it seems to me that he would have fulfilled his catalyst role in causing payment to be made. I do not see what else he should be expected to do as his actions will ultimately lead to the disbursement of the funds from the Consolidated Revenue Fund in accordance with the order of the court.