Gudyanga sentencing postponed to Friday

By Fungai Jachi
FORMER Mines and Mining Development permanent secretary, Francis Gudyanga is expected to be sentenced this Friday after being convicted of criminal abuse of office last week.
Gudyanga, who was supposed be sentenced this Wednesday after being convicted of corruption, will have to wait a little longer after the matter was deferred to this Friday due to the absence of the presiding magistrate.
Gudyanga was convicted after a full trial with magistrate, Barbara Chimboza noting that the State had managed to justify the verdict.
The state proved that the former government official received close to US$29 000 in board member’s fees, on behalf of three Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) board members.
The board had, however, been dissolved by the then Mines and Mining Development Minister, Walter Chidakwa in December 2013.
Court papers reveal that Chidhakwa later appointed Gudyanga to act as the MMCZ’s sole board member from December 2013 to September 2016.
However, according to MMCZ Act, the board should consist of at least 6 members but Gudyanga went on to corruptly claim US$28 910 as board and sitting allowances.
Gudyanga’s conviction comes at a time when the Second Republic is taking a firm stance in the fight against corruption.
A number of prominent individuals including former cabinet ministers have been charged with corruption, with Former Energy and Power Development Minister Samuel Undenge having been convicted and jailed.