Former Finance Minister, Ignatius Chombo, who is facing charges of fraud, criminal abuse of office and contravening the Prevention of Corruption Act is set to face even more corruption-related charges. This comes after reports indicate that the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) has submitted dossiers on Chombo’s alleged corruption to the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) for further investigation.
The intelligence agency is reported to have previously submitted the dossiers detailing Chombo’s corruption to former President Robert Mugabe. However, Mugabe is alleged to have protected Chombo and always ignored the reports. Mugabe went on to promote Chombo to be the Minister of Home Affairs, where he would preside over the police, despite the numerous allegations and reports.
A source who spoke to the weekly newspaper, the Independent, said:
At one time a dossier was prepared to and handed to Mugabe by the CIO for actioning but instead, the president went on to appoint Chombo as Home Affairs minister. This was seen as a clear message that he was untouchable.
Among other charges, Chombo is accused of authorising the construction of the Pomona Business Complex and the Bluffhill Development Centre, without council approval and in violation of the Regional Town and Country Planning Act of 1996.
He is also accused of conniving with Augur Investments to fleece the Harare City Council. Augur which incidentally, shared a business address with one of Chombo’s companies, Harvest Net Investments, was awarded a US$80 million contract to construct Airport Road, which is less than 30 km. The project was supposed to have been finished in 2010, but only got finished in 2014, after Zinara took over the project. Augur Investments was accused of mismanaging funds.
Chombo is also alleged to have fraudulently acquired stand number 61 of Helensvale and another stand, subdivision K of Nthaba, which he sold to a third party without paying for it.
More: The Independent