Prof Gudyanga arrested for corruption

 Professor Francis Gudyanga

Professor Francis Gudyanga

Takunda Maodza, Harare Bureau
FORMER Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development permanent Secretary Professor Francis Gudyanga was yesterday arrested for corruption.

He was picked up by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and is now in custody at Rhodesville Police Station in Harare.

He is expected to appear in court today.

ZACC spokesperson Ms Phylis Chikundura confirmed Prof Gudyanga’s arrest.

“We have arrested Gudyanga,” she said. “He is detained at Rhodesville Police Station and is appearing in court tomorrow.”

Our Harare Bureau is reliably informed that Prof Gudyanga was arrested for suspected cases of corruption he committed when he was permanent secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Mining Development.

Prof Gudyanga who at the time chaired the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ), never convened a meeting of the board, but claimed $28 000 in board sitting allowances. He was the only board member and allegedly never consulted the acting general-manager Richard Chingodza and the corporation’s secretary Nomsa Moyo, whom he was supposed to hold meetings with, according to the Company Act.

He is on record telling the Harare magistrates’ court during the trial of MMCZ bosses that he paid himself board fees when there was no board to talk of at the parastatal.

Prof Gudyanga told the court in March this year while testifying against the MMCZ bosses: “It is not just sitting, but decision making. No, it was not sitting fees, but boarding fees because we did not sit as a board. The board is not all about sitting, but consultation and decision making. It took most of my time.”

Prof Gudyanga received $875 monthly as board fees and $460 sitting fees for “sitting” 21 times, totalling $28 910.


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  • Confused

    Lets be serious Zacc this man is said to have committed real crimes not this 28K rubbish , you are failing to discharge your duties, all the people you are alleging that they have committed crimes will walk away free because of your lack of seriousness. ED fire this Zacc circus


    Like consulting himself or his wife in the bedroom like our former President Matibili when the Company has people paid for that? This thing of paying people extra to do the job they are paid to do I don’t understand it. How does a manager “visit” eg. Bulawayo when his post covers the whole country? Transport, accommodation and food will have been p aid for by the Company but still a person is paid extra.

  • Roscoe

    This ZACC can surely hit a mouse from 100 yards out and miss an elephant