By Fungai Jachi
FORMER permanent secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development Francis Gudyanga has been slapped with a four-year jail term after being convicted for criminal abuse of office involving more than US$25 000.
Gudyanga was handed a four-year jail term this Friday but will serve an effective two and half years.
18 months of the sentence were suspended on the condition he pays back the money to the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ).
Harare magistrate Babra Chimboza noted that corruption is a serious offence that attracts deterrent sentences that will send a message to would-be offenders.
She said despite Gudyanga being a first time offender, who served the country for 35 years, he had shown a high level of dishonesty.
Gudyanga fraudulently received money on behalf of a non-existent MMCZ board and converted it to his use.
He becomes the second former government official to be jailed for corruption after former Energy and Power Development Minister, Samuel Undenge.
Gudyanga’s conviction and the custodial sentence come at a time when the Second Republic has vowed to decisively deal with corruption.