Zimbabwean army hands over Chombo to police




Ignatius Chombo

Harare – Zimbabwean Finance Minister, Ignatius Chombo, who was detained last week during a military coup, had been handed over to police, the lawyer representing him said on Friday.

Prof. Lovemore Madhuku added that Chombo had also been hospitalised. People celebrate with Zimbabwe Defence Force soldiers on a tank in the streets of Harare, after the resignation of Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe on November 21, 2017.

The bombshell announcement sparks scenes of wild celebration in the streets of Harare, with car horns honking and crowds dancing and cheering over the departure of the autocrat who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence.

Madhuku said the minister would appear in court, likely on charges of abuse of office, but that the minister was at Harare’s main hospital as he was not well, though he did not specify further.

Human Rights Watch — Southern African Director, Dewa Mavhinga confirmed Chombo’s reappearance on Twitter. “Soldiers tonight dropped off Chombo at his house after days of military detention. Law and Order police then arrested him and said they are taking him to Rhodesville police station,” he tweeted late on Thursday.

Chombo was among several Mugabe allies reported by media to have been arrested after the military takeover on Nov.17 that forced the leader of 37 years resign. (dpa/NAN)