Zvikomborero Parafini, Court Reporter
Former Minister of Home Affairs Ignatius Chombo was back in court yesterday making a fresh application for temporary release of passport following the dismissal of his appeal at the Supreme Court.
Through his lawyers Lovemore Madhuku and Tungamirai Muganhiri, Chombo made the application for variation of bail conditions before Harare regional magistrate Paipanodya Maturure.
In the application, Chombo stated that he is a cancer patient requiring specialist treatment in South Africa and placed an attachment from two medical practitioners, one in South Africa and the other from here confirming the continuing nature of the medical condition.
Chombo had had his passport released four times before May 10 when the court released the passport but couldn’t travel after it was seized from him at the Robert Mugabe International Airport and returned to the Clerk of Court.
“I have an outstanding medical review, in the sense that the medical review recommended by my medical practitioners for the period before June 21 didn’t take place, and my health situation is further deteriorating compounding my health situation.
“My failure to travel is causing me a great deal of pain as I fear for my health, I feel it each day that my health is deteriorating, my cancer situation places me in the category of a person with a chronic illness.
“I have no intentions whatsoever of absconding, I am genuinely seeking specialist medical treatment,” read the application.
The State represented by Clemence Chimbare sought time to draft a response to the application prompting Maturure to remand the matter to July 1.