The trial of Core Mining and Mineral Resources director Lovemore Kurotwi and former Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC) chief executive officer Dominic Mubaiwa, facing charges of prejudicing the government of over $2 billion, has now been scheduled for early next year.
Chief law officer Chris Mutangadura said on Friday the matter would be heard during the High Court’s first term next year.
“The matter could not be heard in November because Justice Chinembiri Bhunu’s diary was full. We were advised by his clerk that he had other commitments and we could not interfere with his diary,” Mutangadura said.
“Our court roll was busy too and we could not remove other matters, but we have moved it to February next year when the High Court opens for the first term,” he added.
Initially, when Kurotwi and Mubaiwa were indicted for trial at the magistrates’ court in January, they were jointly charged with John Tichaona Muhonde, Gloria Mawarire and Mark Tsomondo, on allegations of misrepresenting to the Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu.
It was alleged then they acted in cahoots and allegedly submitted a favourable due diligence report recommending to Mpofu the ZMDC be allowed to enter into a joint venture to mine diamonds with Core Mining.
As a result, Core Mining and Marange Resources formed Canadile Miners which was granted mining rights in Marange area where they mined diamonds, but allegedly failed to meet the agreed diamond mining target, resulting in the government losing about $2 billion in potential revenue.
Charges against Muhonde, Mawarire and Tsomondo were later withdrawn by the State with a view to turn them into witnesses.