Former permanent secretary in the Mines ministry Francis Gudyanga yesterday threatened to expose State secrets which involved a subsidiary of Nikuv International Projects Limited, Pedstock.
Nikuv was widely and wildly accused of having electronically manipulated 2013 elections in favour of former president Robert Mugabe.
Gudyanga, a former Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) board chairperson, stands accused of paying US$1 629 500 from the parastatal’s coffers to a foreign firm through a local agricultural company, Pedstock.
He earlier requested to have his trial held away from the public and press but only made seconds thoughts. He said that despite the damaging nature of the secrets he is being forced to reveal in public, he is ready to testify.
Through his lawyer Norman Mugiya of Mugiya and Macharaga Law Chambers, Gudyanga told the court that he will no longer be lodging the application. He said:
There is no need to protect the State if it does not need to be protected. We are prepared to unpack the realities of this case.
Prosecutor Venerandah Munyoro, who has taken over prosecution, said the State has set trial for August 5 and 6, respectively.
Munyoro also accounted for Gudyanga’s docket, which Mugiya had feared was missing after it was seconded to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.
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