'Zimbabwe's Ignatius Chombo's corruption charges date back to 2004'

Former Zimbabwean finance minister, Ignatius Chombo will reportedly apply for bail on Monday. He was detained nearly two weeks ago when the army took control of the country.

Chombo appeared in the Harare Magistrate’s Court on Saturday on charges of fraud, abuse of power, and corruption.

Africa Editor at Mail & Guardian, Simon Allison says Chombo's charges date back to the time when he was local government minister in 2004.

The new president himself is setting the tone and has urged his country's citizens not to undertake any form of "vengeful retribution".

Simon Allison, Africa Editor at Mail & Guardian

There has been a lot of criticism of it - not that anyone believes that Ignatius Chombo is an innocent man ... but people are worried that this is some kind of selective prosecution that not all those who enjoyed the fruits of Mugabe's regime will be taken to the judiciary.

Simon Allison, Africa Editor at Mail & Guardian

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