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Gudyanga, Chidakwa’s separation of trial rejected

By Tarisai Machakaire

The State has objected to the separation of former Mines minister Walter Chidakwa and Civil Service Commission permanent secretary Francis Pedzana Gudyanga’s trials in a case they are alleged to have misappropriated $29 000 in board sitting allowances.

Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidakwa
Former Mines and Mining Development minister Walter Chidakwa

Gudyanga’s lawyer Norman Mugiya had requested for the separation after the High Court issued an interdict for stay of proceedings in the lower courts pending hearing of an application of review of proceedings filed by Chidakwa.

Mugiya had argued that his client would be prejudiced by delays necessitated Chidakwa’s appeals and sought to be tried separately.

However, prosecutor Michael Chakandida objected to separation of the trials before the matter was remanded to March 15. DailyNews