Ignatius Chombo Sentenced To Five (5) DAYS In Prison
Former cabinet minister Ignatius Chombo has been sentenced to five days in prison for wilful default of court.
Harare Magistrate Hosea Mujaya sentenced Chombo to five days in prison after the Minister failed to attend court on Wednesday to answer a number of charges which include fraud and criminal abuse of office. However, Chombo has been given the option to avoid being incarcerated. All he needs to do is to pay a $30 fine instead.
Chombo’s lawyer, Professor Lovemore Madhuku, took the bullet for his client after he told the court that it was his fault that Chombo had missed court. According to 263Chat, Madhuku told the court,
The accused person was in default unwillingly (sic) but it was due to the negligence of his lawyers who did not check the records. The accused was in South Africa on an appointment with his doctors. From the previous record, he was given his passport back to go to South African for medical attention.
After Madhuku’s plea, Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa cancelled the warrant of arrest which had been issued for Chombo and ordered the former minister to surrender his passport back to the clerk of court. He was remanded to the 1st of February.
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