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Former Mines permanent secretary convicted

Former Mines and Mining Development permanent secretary, Francis Gudyanga has been found guilty of corruptly claiming US$29 000 from the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) as sitting allowances on behalf of a board that he had dissolved sometime in December 2013.

Gudyanga was convicted of criminal abuse of office on Friday after a full trial and was sent to prison awaiting sentencing on Wednesday.

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It was proven that Gudyanga, who was the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ) board chairman, ordered the parastatal to pay US$1 629 500 to Glammer (Private) Limited, a foreign firm.

He instructed the MMCZ to pay Glammer through a local agricultural company, Pedstock Investments, as the former was a foreign company.

It was later discovered that the money did not have anything to do with the MMCZ and it was not being paid to the government, but was a fraudulent arrangement. Prosecutor, Michael Chakandida represented the state. Zim Morning Post