Former minister of Finance Ignatius Chombo appeared in court on Friday, facing another charge of criminal abuse of office. Chombo is alleged to have demanded a 25 percent share of Chirundu Fish Farm belonging to Chargan Vithal Rama in exchange for facilitating the issuing of title deeds.
When Rama refused to give him the 25 percent, Chombo is alleged to have unprocedurally caused the withdrawal of the fish farm’s 60-year lease. The property was later leased to Glory Boost without following proper procedures at Chombo’s instructions.The offence was committed during Chombo’s long tenure as minister of Local government.
Harare Magistrate Victoria Mashamba remanded Chombo out of custody to March 8 on the same bail conditions he was granted on the initial remand. Chombo is facing numerous charges of corruption and abuse of office which are still pending at the courts.