Ailing former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo, whose passport was seized by a State security agent at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport as he sought to fly to South Africa for a medical review, has been granted the release of the passport by the High Court.
As a condition for the temporary release of the passport, Chombo was ordered to surrender title deeds for his Marlborough property which will be given back to him upon return of the passport.
The order compels Chombo to return the passport by the 3rd of December. Chombo faces charges for alleged corruption dating back more than a decade.
Chombo’s passport was seized in May this year and handed back to the Harare Magistrates Courts under unclear circumstances. Chombo was about to check-in into- a South African-bound Fastjet airline when the passport was seized.
In his application filed by his lawyer Lovemore Madhuku, Chombo had said he was now worried that if the passport was not released on time, he would miss his medical review dates and above all, the date upon which the court ordered the return of the same passport would be due with him not having utilised it.
“If my appeal is heard urgently before June 21, 2019 and it succeeds, I will be able to utilise the remaining days before June 21, 2019 and have very useful medical reviews. My failure to travel for medical treatment is causing me a great deal of mental and physical pain,” Chombo said.
“I fear for my health. I feel it every day that is passing that my health is deteriorating. At my age, these routine medical reviews are a source of strength.”