The trial for former permanent secretary in the ministry of Mines and Mining Development, Francis Gudyanga has failed to kick-off today, as the Defence counsel failed to show up in court.
The court heard that Gudyanga’s lawyer is unwell.
Gudyanga appeared before Magistrate Hosea Mujaya answering to allegations of Corruptions.
The matter was postponed to August 21.
Francis Gudyanga has been on remand for over a year now.
Gudyanga was arrested for suspected cases of corruption he committed when he was permanent secretary in the ministry of mines where at the time; he chaired the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ).
Prosecutor Veneranda Munyoro alleged that during the period extending from September 2014 to December 2015, Gudyanga, acting in his capacity as the secretary for Mines and sometimes as the board chairperson of Mineral Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) misrepresented to MMCZ that the parastatal pays $1 6 29 500 to Glammer (Pvt) Ltd, a foreign company through a local agricultural company, Pedstock which produces irrigation equipment and fertilisers.
Gudyanga is alleged to have further misrepresented that the money be accounted for as dividends due to the stakeholder, in this case the government of Zimbabwe.
The State alleges MMCZ acting on the accused’s misrepresentation released the $1 629 500 to Pedstock when in fact the money was not being paid to the government as dividend, but for a private arrangement which had nothing to do with the parastatal.