Ignatius Chombo

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Ignatius Chombo

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Minister of Finance and Economic Development
In office
9 October 2017 – 27 November 2017
PresidentRobert Mugabe
Emmerson Mnangagwa
Preceded byPatrick Chinamasa
Succeeded byPatrick Chinamasa
Minister of Home Affairs
In office
6 July 2015 – 9 October 2017
PresidentRobert Mugabe
Preceded byKembo Mohadi
Succeeded byObert Mpofu
Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing
In office
2013 – 6 July 2015
PresidentRobert Mugabe
DeputySesel Zvidzai
Succeeded bySaviour Kasukuwere
Minister of Local Government, Rural and Urban Development
In office
PresidentRobert Mugabe
Prime MinisterMorgan Tsvangirai
Minister of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development
In office
July 2000 – 2009
PresidentRobert Mugabe
Personal details
Ignatius Morgen Chiminya Chombo

(1952-08-01) 1 August 1952 (age 67)
Southern Rhodesia
Political partyZANU-PF

Ignatius Morgen Chiminya Chombo (born 1 August 1952) is a Zimbabwean politician who was Minister of Finance in 2017.[1] Previously he has served in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe as Minister of Home Affairs from 2015–17, Minister of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development from 2000-2015.[2]

Political career

During his time as Minister of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development, a forcible slum clearance operation, Operation Murambatsvina, was carried out. He claimed the operation was about restoring order.

Chombo was nominated as ZANU-PF's candidate for the House of Assembly seat from Zvimba North, in Mashonaland West, in the March 2008 parliamentary election.[3] He won the seat with 6,784 votes in the initial count, defeating two candidates of the Movement for Democratic Change: Ernest Mudimu (MDC-T), who received 1,701 votes, and Magama Shelton (MDC-M), who received 944 votes.[4] The MDC challenged this result, and a recount in April showed Chombo with an improved margin of victory: he gained 155 votes in the recount, Mudimu gained 13 votes, and Magama lost 28 votes.[5]

When The ZANU-PF–MDC national unity government was sworn in on 13 February 2009, Chombo was retained as Minister of Local Government.[6]

President Mugabe moved Chombo to the post of Minister of Home Affairs on 6 July 2015.[7] In October 2017, he was appointed as Minister of Finance in a cabinet reshuffle.[8]

Chombo, Mugabe, and other prominent ZANU-PF politicians were detained by the Zimbabwean military during the 2017 Zimbabwean coup d'état. It was alleged that he was close to the Generation 40 faction led by former First Lady Grace Mugabe. After Mugabe resigned as President of Zimbabwe, allegations emerged that Chombo had been taken to hospital following his treatment in custody.[9][10] Chombo's lawyer states he was beaten in custody; the police deny this. Chombo faces charges for alleged corruption dating back more than a decade.[11]

On 19 November 2017, Chombo was expelled from ZANU–PF by the party's central committee. Other prominent G40 politicians, including Grace Mugabe, Saviour Kasukuwere, Patrick Zhuwao, Walter Mzembi, Jonathan Moyo, Shadreck Mashayamombe, Makhosini Hlongwane, Innocent Hamandishe, Samuel Undenge, and Sarah Mahoka were also expelled from the party.[12] It was also announced on 27 November 2017 that new Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who succeeded Mugabe following the coup d'état, had appointed Patrick Chinamasa as the acting Minister of Finance.[13]

Court cases

He was taken into police custody on 24 November 2017 and appeared on the next day over accusations of corruption and abuse of power during his tenure as Minister of Local Government, Public Works and Urban Development.[14] Per the state prosecutor, he faces three counts of corruption, including attempt to defraud the Zimbabwean central bank in 2004.[15] New charges of corruption were brought against him on 14 December. According to his lawyer Lovemore Madhuku, the case refers to accusations of illegally resettling people evicted by the government on privately owned land and then demanding bribe from the owner to make them leave.[16]


  1. ^ "Cabinet reshuffled • 10 ministers reassigned new portfolios • Eight new appointments, 3 dropped". The Herald. 10 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Parliament of Zimbabwe". Archived from the original on 18 March 2009. Retrieved 6 February 2008.
  3. ^ "Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Names Poll Candidates", The Herald, 15 February 2008.
  4. ^ "Zimbabwe election results 2008" Archived 5 April 2008 at the Wayback Machine,
  5. ^ Lebo Nkatazo, "Zvimba North recount turns up unopened ballot boxes" Archived 7 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine,, 25 April 2008.
  6. ^ "Cabinet sworn in amid chaotic scenes" Archived 14 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine,, 13 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Chombo, Moyo, Tyson reassigned", The Herald, 7 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Zimbabwe's Mugabe creates cyber ministry in cabinet reshuffle". Reuters. 10 October 2017.
  9. ^
  10. ^ "Zimbabwe army detains finance minister: government source". Reuters. 15 November 2017. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Zimbabwe ex-minister faces fraud charges". BBC News. 25 November 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  12. ^ Chidza, Richard (20 November 2017). "Zanu PF axe falls on Grace, G40 kingpins - NewsDay Zimbabwe". NewsDay Zimbabwe. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
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  14. ^ "Corruption charges for ex-minister Ignatius Chombo". Al-Jazeera.
  15. ^ "Ousted Zimbabwe finance minister Chombo faces corruption charges". Reuters.
  16. ^ "Zimbabwe's former finance minister faces new corruption charges". Reuters.
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