10 January 2019
The trial of former Minister of Mines and Mining Development Walter Chidhakwa and his permanent secretary Prof Francis Gudyanga failed to start again yesterday.
Chidhakwa’s lawyer, Advocate Sylvester Hashiti made an application for postponement before Harare magistrate Nyasha Vhitorini on the basis that they were filing an urgent chamber application at the High Court.
The urgent chamber application was made for the recusal of the magistrate as well as special unit prosecutor Micheal Chakandida.
The special unit prosecution was set up by President Mnangagwa to ensure speedy prosecution of corruption related matters, and their application was that this team was set up in breach of the constitution of Zimbabwe.
Francis Gudyanga (left)
The defence team had suggested that the matter be postponed to January 18 but Magistrate Vhitorini refused saying there was no need for a longer remand as the matter was heard at the High Court yesterday.,
The matter was remanded to today.
The duo is facing charges of abuse of office in which they dissolved the MMCZ board and set up a one man board in which Gudyanga was made the chairman.
The MMCZ board lost over $30 000 in salaries for the fake board.