Former Minister of Finance, Ignatius Chombo, was on Monday denied bail by Harare Magistrate Elisha Singano.
Chombo was told that he needs to be protected from the angry public.
The man is facing charges of fraud, criminal abuse of office and contravening the Prevention of Corruption Act.
He was denied bail after Magistrate Singano said his safety was at risk as the public was angry with him and could attack him if he was released on bail.
Singano also said Chombo was likely to abscond as he had access to significant financial resources. He also noted that Zimbabwe’s borders were notoriously porous. Singano added that
State prosecutors argued against Chombo being granted bail because the police had indicated that they still needed two more weeks to finish investigating the case against Chombo. The Investigating Officer, Onsimor Chikomba, said the man was very influential and could compromise State witnesses.
He added that releasing Chombo on bail would undermine public order and that Chombo was a flight risk who was likely to abscond as he had numerous contacts outside the country
But Chombo’s lawyer, Professor Lovemore Madhuku, argued that Chombo has the right to be granted bail and had offered the court a deposit of $2 000 plus surrendering his passport and for the man to report 3 times a day at Malborough Police Station.