Joint trial for Chidhakwa and Gudyanga.

The State has refused to try former Mines minister Walter Chidakwa and his permanent secretary Francis Gudyanga separately on allegations of criminal abuse of office before a Harare Magistrate.

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The State has refused to try former Mines minister Walter Chidakwa and his permanent secretary Francis Gudyanga separately on allegations of criminal abuse of office before a Harare Magistrate.
The State has refused to try former Mines minister Walter Chidakwa and his permanent secretary Francis Gudyanga separately on allegations of criminal abuse of office before a Harare Magistrate.

The State has refused to try former Mines minister Walter Chidakwa and his permanent secretary Francis Gudyanga separately on allegations of criminal abuse of office before a Harare Magistrate.

This comes after Norman Mugiya, the defense counsel for Gudyanga had requested that his client to be tried separately from the former minister as the matter is on hold pending a High Court ruling on Chidhakwa’s application for review of his application for exception.

Harare magistrate Nyasha Vitorini rolled over the matter to April 15.

Chidhakwa is being represented by Advocate Silvester Hashiti.

Allegations are that sometime in December 2013, Chidakwa corruptly dissolved the MMCZ board. Chidakwa allegedly corruptly appointed Gudyanga to act as MMCZ sole board member from December 2013 to September 2016.

The State alleges according to MMCZ Act Chapter 21:4, a board constitutes a minimum of six board members and a maximum of 10.

It is alleged Gudyanga who had been unprocedurally appointed by Chidakwa went on to corruptly claim an amount of $28 910 as board and sitting allowances when no board was in existence to the prejudice of the MMCZ.

This led to the duo’s arrest.

Michael Reza appeared for the State