Acie Lumumba has been acquitted of the $8 000 theft charge he was facing.

Lumumba’s lawyer, Advocate Webster Chinamhora had applied for discharge due to lack of incriminating evidence and magistrate upheld it.

After being set free, Lumumba said :”After a month subjected to a trial, yesterday the ruling was delivered. Gone are the days of car accidents and brutality, today political opponents use the weapon of character assasination but through it all. We rise.”

The complainant was Graham Tineyi who met Lumumba at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport as they were both flying out of the country. Tineyi later advised Lumumba that he was carrying more than $8 000 which he could not take out of the country. Lumumba introduced Tineyi to one Abigail Chipuru of Traverse Travel airport office who took custody of the money as the pair flew out of the country.

On Lumumba’s instructions, the money was later collected and sold on the black market. Some $10 000 was deposited into Lumumba’s wife Lillian Rufaro Madyira’s Stanbic Bank account.

Chipuru later approached Lumumba demanding his money, but the latter allegedly professed ignorance, leading to his arrest.