By Buhle Tshavango.
Former minister of Finance Ignatius Chombo who was arrested during the operation restore legacy on the accusation of corruption and fraud has been released today on a $USD5000 bail.
Chombo who had previously applied unsuccessfully to be released on bail was today released on condition he surrenders his passport, reports thrice a day to Marlborough police station, not interfere with witnesses, and refrain from setting foot at the Local Government ministry and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. He is also to continue residing at his Mount Pleasant home.
High Court judge Edith Mushore said the accused is innocent until proven guilty.
Meanwhile, Kudzanai Chipanga, former ZANU-PF youth leader, who was also arrested during the same period facing charges of making statements undermining public confidence has also been granted bail pending trial in the amount of $USD 500.
As part of his bail conditions, Chipanga is to surrender travel documents, report twice a day to Borrowdale police station and reside at his given address until his case is finalized. His stringent bail condition also requires him not to interfere with state witnesses.
The two former ZANU-PF members were both arrested by the military two weeks ago during the much-hyped efforts to remove ‘all criminals’ surrounding the former President. Both are said to have been unlawfully detained and may through their legal team challenge the state
Both parties are represented by prominent lawyer Professor Lovemore Madhuku.