The trial of former Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa and his former permanent secretary Francis Gudyanga failed to kick off at the Harare Magistrates’ Court today.

The Harare regional magistrate Nyasha Vhitorini has postponed the trial to the 6th of next month.

The magistrate said the matter is still before the High Court.

The duo is facing charges of alleged criminal abuse of office in which they are being accused to have misappropriated over $28 000 in sitting allowances.

It is alleged that Chidhakwa appointed Gudyanga as a lone board member and received sitting allowances at the Minerals Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe (MMCZ), despite that he was fully aware that the MMCZ Act Chapter 21.04 states that a board must comprise a minimum of six and a maximum of 10 board members.

The matter has been postponed more than five times since last year.