Former Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidhakwa will appear in court on January 31, following the postponement of his case on Thursday. He is currently out on $300 bail, granted by Harare magistrate Josephine Sande who ordered him to report once every Friday at Highlands Police Station, surrender his passport with the clerk of court and not to interfere with State witnesses.
Chidhakwa’s lawyer, Sylvester Hashiti, gave notice of application of refusal of further remand after his client’s case was deferred to month-end. Chidhakwa was arrested after the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission launched an investigation into his conduct while still at the Mines ministry. The State alleges that Chidhakwa colluded with former Mines ministry secretary Francis Gudyanga who allegedly prejudiced the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ).
The State alleges that in December 2013, Chidhakwa abused his office by corruptly dissolving the MMCZ board and appointing Gudyanga to act as its board for the period extending from December 2013 to September 2016. Gudyanga, then allegedly, went on to claim an amount of $28 910 as board and sitting allowances when there was no board in existence.
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