The state has withdrawn charges against former Local Government minister, Ignatius Chombo, who was facing criminal nuisance charges for wearing Zanu PF regalia when they were no longer Zanu PF members.
Chombo has been on remand since December 2017 after he was arrested together with Kudzanai Chipanga, Innocent Hamandishe and Matthew Mleya.
On Tuesday, he was issued with an arrest warrant after failing to turn up in court but the warrant was also cancelled after Magistrate Stanford Mambanje ruled that he was not in willful default.
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Malvern Mapako from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) told the court the state was withdrawing charges and “will proceed by way of summons.”
The state alleges that between December 8 and 13, 2017, Chombo and his co-accused connived to wear ZANU PF regalia decorated with President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s initials.
They took photographs of themselves while wearing the regalia, including hats embroidered with the Zanu PF flag, inscribed “ED” and “Kutonga Kwaro”.
The court heard that the quartet then posted the said photographs on social media much to the fury of the ruling party which viewed the stance as a nuisance.
ZANU PF reported the matter to the police.
Chombo was arrested on several other charges soon after the ouster of the now late former president, Robert Mugabe in 2017.
The charges against him were, however, dropped after the Constitutional Court ruled that his arrest was unlawful.
He was later arrested on fresh criminal charges still pending before the court.