Former mines minister trial to commence

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Harare – Former Minister of Mines and Mining Development Walter Chidhakwa and his former permanent secretary Francis Gudyanga are set to appear in court on November 14 for trial.

The pair’s trial was initially slated for July 24, but could not commence after Chidhakwa’s lawyer, Advocate Sylvester Hashiti requested for further documents to prepare their defence.

The matter has since been further remanded on different occasions because of different reasons being stated for the failure of the trial to kickstart.

Chidhakwa is facing allegations of appointing Gudyanga as a lone board member at the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ).

It is the State’ case that Chidhakwa was aware that the MMCZ Act required a minimum of six and a maximum of 10 board members.

He allegedly showed favour and appointed Gudyanga to act as the sole MMCZ board member from 2013 when the MMCZ board was dissolved until 2016.

They are appearing before Harare magistrate Estere Chivasa. The pair is being represented by Sylvester Hashiti and Tafadzwa Muvhami.

It is alleged that Gudyanga as a lone board member claimed $28 910 as board sitting fees when no board existed.

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