Ignatius Chombo

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Is a controversial politician who is the current Minister of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.

Biography

He was born Ignatius Morgan Chombo on August 1, 1952 in Marondera. He has three sons with former wife Marian.

Education

He graduated from Kutama Teachers College in 1970. Chombo holds the following degrees:

  • PhD in Adult Education from Vanderbilt University, Nashville (1981)
  • PhD in Higher Education, Texas Woman's University, Denton (1987).[1]

Political Career

He joined the political fray when he was one a teacher between 1966 and 1969 as of those opposing colonial rule. Chombo became popular in 1995 when he was elected member of parliament, Resident minister and Governor for Mashonaland West province. He was also appointed minister of Higher Education in the same year.[2] He was also re-elected as Zvimba North House of Assembly member in the March 2008 Parliamentary elections. In 2009 he was appointed minister of local government with the inception of the Government of National Unity (GNU).

Positions Held

  • University Lecturer, Department Chairman, University of Zimbawe(1988-1992)
  • Member of the Catholic Youth Organization (Sodality) (1966-69)
  • Teacher (1971-74)

Controversy

He is always in the news for the wrong reasons. Chombo had been accused for having extra-marital affairs and at one point his wife Marian Mhloyi even called him a 'love rat' when he abandoned her in 2005. Chombo, who had been married to Marian since 1999 has left her for a former news anchor Nanette Silukhuni.[3] In 2012 there was an outcry from ordinary Zimbabweans when Chombo's properties were made public. He owns 75 residential and commercial stands, 14 houses and 5 flats, and a 3 100 hacter farm in Rafingora. This came at a time when the majority of Zimbabweans are failing to access decent housing in cities and towns. He was also found wanting in the same year, by using an unregistered car for over a year. For a man of his caliber who is supposed to chart the way for the majority, he was heavily criticized by members of the public.[4] Chombo has been dragged before the courts many times facing corruption charges. In 2013, he allegedly acquired and sold council stands in Harare.[5] In the same year he allegedly used his ministerial position to allocate a peri-urban farm to his personal lawyer, Wilson Manase.[6] In 2014 Chombo was again back in court to settle the ownership of his farm between him and her divorced wife Marian. It is here that Details emerged that chombo never paid school fees for his two sons Nimrod and Ignatius since primary school.[7]

Businesses

He owns many businesses around Zimbabwe as well as properties in South Africa. He has 10 top companies including Dickest and Harmdinger and safari lodges in Chiredzi, Hwange and Magunje.[8]

References