The Supreme Court has ordered Prosecutor General Kumbirai Hodzi to pay the costs after he unsuccessfully appealed against a High Court order to release former finance minister Ignatius Chombo’s passport.
The former Zanu-PF administration secretary had, through his lawyer Lovemore Madhuku, applied for the temporary release of his passport to allow him to travel outside the country for medical treatment.
However, the National Prosecuting Authority opposed the release of the passport but the High Court ruled in Chombo’s favour.
The State latter appealed against the High Court decision.
The Supreme Court, however, ruled that the Prosecutor General should not have appealed against that decision.
It was ruled that the State’s appeal was fatally defective and pointless because Chombo had travelled and returned in time.
And it was also ruled that the appeal was strangely submitted to the Supreme Court to try stop Chombo from travelling to get medical treatment.
Chombo is facing a number of charges ranging from corruption to abuse of office, fraud and criminal nuisance.
Some of the charges are that Chombo allocated residential stands to illegal settlers at Whitecliff Farm in Harare before demanding and receiving a bribe of a 3 712-square metre stand from the landowner to help remove them.
The land owner, Eddies Pfugari Property Developers (Pvt) Ltd, lost property worth $200 million in the process.
On the criminal nuisance charges, Chombo, along with former ZANU F Youth League Secretary Kudzanai Chipanga, other ZANU PF officials Munyaradzi Hamandishe and Matthew Mleya wore wearing ruling party’s regalia in December 2018.
It is alleged that the quartet, well knowing they were expelled Zanu-PF as members, took photos of themselves wearing arty regalia in the form of hats inscribed ED and Kutonga kwaro.