By Leroy Dzenga
Former Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo’s appeal to have his passport returned hit the final brick wall today as the Supreme court threw out his appeal.
Chombo who is facing criminal abuse of office and fraud charges, in May applied for a temporary release of his passport to allow him to travel for medical attention. He later approached the courts saying he had lost his passport to an unknown man and the travel document had found its way back to the clerk of the magistrate’s court.
Chombo and his defense team have been appealing for the release of his passport. On Tuesday the Supreme Court passed judgment on the matter.
The bench comprising of Deputy Chief Justice Elizabeth Gwaunza, Justice Chinembiri Bhunu and Justice Antonio Guvava said the application lacks merit.
Chombo’s lawyer Professor Lovemore Madhuku accepted the ruling.
If June 21 passes, Chombo has to appeal for temporary release of his passport at the magistrate`s court if he needs to use it.
Chombo is set to appear in court on the 24th this month, where he is set to answer to his fraud and criminal abuse of office charges.