The recently opened Anti-Corruption Court will now deal with former Mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa and his former permanent secretary Francis Gudyanga’s corruption case.
The duo, who are being represented by Mr Resilience Ndou, appeared before Midlands provincial magistrate Mrs Phathekile Msipa who said the State was making progress in their trial. They were not asked to plead and are out of custody on $800 bail each. Their application for removal from further remand was thrown out by magistrate Msipa who remanded the duo to July 2. Said Msipa:
The local prosecutors take instructions from the Prosecutor General who has asked for the docket of the two accused persons so that it is dealt with at the specialised Anti-Corruption Court. This shows that there is progress towards their trial because the police have indicated that they have completed their investigations and the docket is on its way to the Prosecutor General. Once the Prosecutor General has the docket, the accused persons will be indicted to that special court. They are remanded out of custody to July 2.