Chombo Snatched $310,000 Bribe From Landowner

The humiliated former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo allegedly received a Norton stand measuring 3 712 valued at $310 150 from Eddies Pfugari Property Developers (Pvt) Ltd as a bribe.

Ignatius Chombo

The asset was dished out to him in order to remove people he had illegally allocated stands at Whitecliff Farm.

Chombo is currently on bail for other charges which go back to 1997.

Chombo appeared before Harare magistrate Ms Rumbidzai Mugwagwa.

The former ZANU PF warlord was remanded to January 8 next year, under the same bail conditions he was granted on other corruption charges he is facing.

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.

Chombo 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. – state media

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