Gudyanga convicted for criminal abuse of office

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Francis Gudyanga

BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

FORMER Mines and Mining Development permanent secretary Francis Gudyanga was yesterday convicted on charges of criminal abuse of office by a Harare magistrate.

In convicting him, magistrate Barbara Chimboza said the State had proved a prima facie case against Gudyanga. He will be sentenced on Wednesday next week.

According to the documents produced in court, Gudyanga fraudulently received US$28 910 board member fees from the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) for three years.

Gudyanga was charged alongside former Mines minister Walter Chidhakwa whose case was separated from Gudyanga.

The court heard that sometime in December 2013, Chidakwa corruptly dissolved the MMCZ board.

He later corruptly appointed Gudyanga to act as the MMCZ sole board member from December 2013 to September 2016.

According to MMCZ Act, the MMCZ board must consist of six to 10 members.

Gudyanga went on to corruptly claim $28 910 as board and sitting allowances when no board was in existence, prejudicing the MMCZ.

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