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Chombo bail relief as Maziwisa, Pambuka freed

Former cabinet minister Ignatius Chombo’s application for variation of bail conditions has been upheld by a Harare magistrate.

Harare magistrate Josephine Sande granted the application sought by Chombo who will now report once every week between Monday and Friday.

Through his lawyer Professor Lovemore Madhuku, Chombo raised new facts which had arisen since his arrest last month on a litany of corruption charges.

He said his original reporting conditions where he reports thrice daily throughout the week was no longer tenable as he is a family man who since the loss of his government and political office now relies on farming for his family sustenance.

Madhuku had successfully sought a review of Chombo’s reporting conditions to once a day between Monday and Friday.

In another case, Zanu PF legislator for Highfield West constituency Psychology Maziwisa and broadcaster Oscar Pambuka accused of fleecing ZESA Holdings of US$12 500 through a dubious public relations consultancy job were both been granted bail by a Harare magistrate.

Rumbidzai Mugwagwa admitted the two to US$300 bail each and ordered them to surrender their passports with the clerk of court.

Maziwisa was ordered to report once a week between Monday and Friday at Marlbereign police station, while Pambuka will report once a week at Waterfalls police station.

The two were also ordered to desist from interfering with witnesses.

Their lawyer Jonathan Samukange said the duo will return to court for routine remand on 30 January.

He added that as a legal team they are hopeful of the prospects of success given the evidence presented so far, but said in a criminal trial the possibility of the police keeping a trump card and springing a surprise cannot be ruled out so they will wait and see.

Maziwisa and Pambuka are the latest casualties as the Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission carries out a blitz on alleged corrupt people.


Gary Murambiwa
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