Zimbabwe's former finance minister, Ignatius Chombo, centre and Kudzanai Chipanga are led to a prison truck at the magistrate's courts in Harare, Zimbabwe. Picture: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

Harare – Former Zimbabwean finance and economic development minister Ignatius Chombo was denied bail in the Harare Magistrate’s Court on Monday, in his corruption, abuse of office and fraud case.

Edmore Nyazamba, for the State, argued that Chombo was likely to interfere with investigations, could be harmed by the public, which he said was angry over the minister’s graft charges, and that he was also a flight risk.

Denying Chombo  bail, Magistrate Elisha Singano said: “The release of the accused is likely to cause an outcry from the public. The court is for the compelling reasons for denial of bail”.

Chombo was remanded to December 8.

He was represented by constitutional lawyer Lovemore Madhuku.

Madhuku had proposed that his client was prepared to deposit US$2,000 bail, report three times a day every day of the week to the police, surrender his passport, surrender title deeds, reside at his given address, police be allowed to visit his place of residence at any time, and not to visit his government offices until finalisation of the matter.

Also, former Zanu-PF youth league leader Kudzanayi Chipanga was denied bail on similar grounds.

Chipanga appeared before Magistrate Josephine Sande, who ruled that the public would lose confidence “in our justice system if we give him bail in these circumstances”.

His lawyer, Madhuku, had told the court that the State’s reasons for denying his client bail did not hold water.

The investigating office in the matter, Josphat Joseph Mutiforo, had argued that Chipanga was evading arrest since holding a press conference on November 14.

Sande remanded Chipanga in custody to December 8.