Interpol declines Zimbabwe requests to arrest former Mugabe ministers

Interpol declines Zimbabwe requests to arrest former Mugabe ministers 1

BULAWAYO – Zimbabwean authorities’ attempts to employ Interpol to secure the return to Zimbabwe of former top officials of ousted president Robert Mugabe have hit a brick wall. In one such case, the international police organisation refused to cooperate in the apprehension and repatriation of the former local government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, who is believed to be in South Africa. In a letter seen by ZimLive to authorities in Zimbabwe, Interpol said all requests for a placement of an individual on a red notice are forwarded to its Notices and…

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More trouble for Chombo in botched stand deal

More trouble for Chombo in botched stand deal 3

BY CHARLES LAITON A local firm, Dadmal Investiments (Pvt) Ltd has petitioned the Harare Civil Court seeking an order to compel the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) to investigate and arrest former Local Government minister, Ignatius Chombo, over a botched stand deal. Former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo In her founding affidavit, Dadmal Investiments corporate secretary, Chyvonne Esters Nhira accused the ZRP of attempting to protect Chombo by failing to properly investigate him on the stand, issue saying the matter bordered on a civil transaction. She cited the Commissioner-General of Police, Godwin…

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Ignatius Chombo re-arrested on fresh corruption charges over house sale

Ignatius Chombo re-arrested on fresh corruption charges over house sale 4

HARARE – Former Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo has been re-arrested, this time charged with corruptly selling a government property in Mutare to a former Zanu PF MP. Chombo was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate Babra Mateko on Thursday. The magistrate released him on free bail and will be back in court on September 4. Chombo, currently facing trial on unrelated corruption charges relating to the sale of stands while he was in office, is jointly charged with the former director of valuations and estates…

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Chombo denied passport again, lawyer says returning to High Court

Chombo denied passport again, lawyer says returning to High Court 6

HARARE – Ignatius Chombo’s lawyer says he is returning to the High Court after a magistrate on Wednesday threw out the corruption-accused former finance minister’s latest application for the release of his passport. Harare magistrate Esthere Chivasa ruled that Chombo was a flight risk, giving weight to defence arguments that former senior government officials granted their passports on medical grounds had “abused” the process by absconding. Chivasa said Chombo had failed to tender new documents about his cancer treatment to support his latest bid to have his passport released to…

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State opposes Chombo passport request

State opposes Chombo passport request 8

On Jul 2, 2019 19,088 0 By DESMOND CHINGARANDE The State yesterday opposed an application for temporary release of former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo (pictured)’s passport on medical grounds, saying he was seeking to evade trial. Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who was among those detained by the military when they seized power before Robert Mugabe resigned, arrives at court on to face corruption charges in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 25, 2017. (REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo) Chombo is facing several corruption allegations and was granted temporary stay of proceedings by the Supreme…

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My health is deteriorating: Chombo

My health is deteriorating: Chombo 9

By Desmond Chirangande | NewsDay | Former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo’s health has deteriorated after missing scheduled medical reviews because his passport was seized by security agents at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport early last month on his way to South Africa to seek medical attention. Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who was among those detained by the military when they seized power before Robert Mugabe resigned, arrives at court on to face corruption charges in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 25, 2017. (REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo) “My failure to travel for…

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Ex-minister Chombo fails in Supreme Court bid to obtain seized passport

Ex-minister Chombo fails in Supreme Court bid to obtain seized passport 10

HARARE – Former finance minister Ignatius Chombo, whose passport was seized at the Robert Mugabe International Airport by a state agent in May this year, will now miss his medical check-up deadlines after his urgent application seeking an order to secure his passport was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Chombo’s appeal, which sought to compel the Harare Magistrates Court’s clerk to release the passport, was deliberated upon by Deputy Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza who was sitting with Judges of Appeal, Justice Antoinette Guvava and Justice Chinembiri Bhunu. The…

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Chombo passport appeal thrown out

Chombo passport appeal thrown out 12

By Fidelis Munyoro Former Cabinet minister Ignatius Chombo has failed in his appeal to get his passport returned to allow him to travel abroad to seek medical attention. Former Zimbabwe finance minister Ignatius Chombo, who was among those detained by the military when they seized power before Robert Mugabe resigned, arrives at court on to face corruption charges in Harare, Zimbabwe, November 25, 2017. (REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo) His passport was allegedly recently seized by a State security agent at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport as he was about to fly…

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Prosecutors refuse to handle case of colleague arrested over Chombo passport

Prosecutors refuse to handle case of colleague arrested over Chombo passport 13

HARARE – Prosecutors in Harare are refusing to take up the case of a colleague accused of criminal abuse of office for not opposing an application by former finance minister, Ignatius Chombo, for the release of his passport. Tapiwa Kasema appeared before Harare magistrate Nyasha Vhitorini on Thursday with a prosecutor from the president’s special anti-corruption unit, Zivanai Macharaga, standing in for regular prosecutors. Kasema had made two applications, one for the release of his passport and another for his removal from remand. Macharaga told the court that there was…

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Ailing Chombo misses medical check-up

Ailing Chombo misses medical check-up 15

By Charles Laiton | NewsDay | High Court judge Justice Nyaradzo Priscilla Munangati-Manongwa has dismissed an application by ailing former Finance minister Ignatius Chombo to have his passport back after it was seized by security agents at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport last month. Former Finance Minister Dr Ignatius Chombo The judge ordered Chombo to go back to the magistrates’ court and exhaust alternative remedies, including seeking contempt of court charges against the clerk of court, who is reported to have refused to release the passport despite an existing…

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