Former Minister for Home Affairs and G40 kingpin Ignatius Chombo has been sentenced to five days in prison if he fails to pay a $30 fine for defaulting court on Wednesday. The ruling was handed down by Harare magistrate Hosea Mujaya.
According to 263Chat.com Chombo failed to appear in court to answer to different charges that he was facing because he had gone to South Africa for medical reasons.
Chombo’s lawyer, Lovemore Madhuku accepted that his client’s absence was due to negligence. Madhuku pleaded:
The accused person was in default unwillingly but it was due to the negligence of his lawyers who did not check the records.
The accused was in South Africa on an appointment with his doctors. From the previous record, he was given his passport back to go to South African for medical attention.
Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa revoked the arrest warrant issued against Chombo but ordered that the accused return his passport to the clerk of court.
Chombo was remanded to 1 February 2019. He is facing charges including criminal abuse of office.