Former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo received a Norton stand measuring 3 712 valued at $310 150 from Eddies Pfugari Property Developers (Pvt) Ltd as a bribe to remove people he had illegally allocated stands at Whitecliff Farm in Harare.
Chombo was remanded to January 8 next year when he appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Rumbidzai Mugwagwa, on the same bail conditions he was granted on other corruption charges he is facing. He is accused of contravening the Prevention of Corruption Act alternatively bribery. The complainant is Eddies Pfugari Property Developers (Pvt) Ltd represented by its managing director Mr Edward Nyanyiwa.
The court heard that sometime in 1997 Eddies Pfugari Property Developers (Pvt) Ltd purchased White Cliff farm from Fredrick John William Smith. However, sometime in 2000, Chombo who was the Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development, allegedly allocated stands to illegal settlers within Eddies Pfugari Property Developers (Pvt) Ltd’s property. He invited Eddies Pfugari Property Developers to his office and assured them that he would remove the illegal settlers using his ministerial powers but demanded a piece of land as bribe.