Former Mines and Mining Development Minister Walter Chidhakwa has appeared in the Gweru Magistrates Court on charges of criminal abuse of office.

Chidhakwa who appeared with former Mines and Mining Development Permanent Secretary Francis Gudyanga was remanded to the 14th of March out of custody.

The two are accused of overriding earlier on decisions by the provincial mining directors of Masvingo and Midlands.

It is the state’s case that in a dispute involving a mining company K and G Syndicate and one Ronald Mujangavari, Chidhakwa and Gudyanga overrode a decision which was not in their jurisdiction.

The two are said to have cancelled a legally issued mining licence of K and G and given it to Mujangavari in the mining area of Mberengwa.

However, the state is arguing that according to the law the appeals of mining licence matters are only a preserve of the High Court not the minister’s office.

The allegations further levelled are that when Mujangavari was issued the licence by Chidhakwa and Gudyanga, he went to occupy the mine.

In the process the state also alleges that a dispute then arose when K and G went back to the High Court and won an appeal against Chidhakwa and Gudyanga’s decision.

The state further alleges a dispute then arose on the mine site leading to Mujangavari shooting two K and G directors, one on the arm and another on the leg.

Mujangavari who is also facing attempted murder charges was remanded to March 22 out of custody.

Chidhakwa was also ordered by the state to report to Highlands Police Station every Friday.