The High Court is expected to make a ruling on former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo’s bail appeal following reports that his co-accused Rejoice Pazvakavambwa (43) and the registrar of valuers, Lazarus Chimba (70) who were arrested on allegations of facilitating the transfer of council property worth over $900 000 into his name were granted $300 bail last Friday and remanded to December 8.
The duo appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Josephine Sande on charges of violating Section 4(a) of the Prevention of Corruption Act (Chapter 9:16). They were ordered to report twice at Machipisa Police Station and not to interfere with State witnesses. However, Chombo has been in custody for two weeks after he was denied bail when he appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Elisha Singano on November 27.
Through his lawyer Professor Lovemore Madhuku, Chombo approached the High Court on appeal last week. The High Court deferred the hearing to today to allow the prosecution to file its response.