The Midlands Provincial Mining Director (PMD) and the Provincial Mining Surveyor have appeared before a Gweru Provincial Magistrate facing charges of corruption and have been remanded out of custody with stringent bail conditions.
Charges against the PMD, Mr Nelson Munyanduri and the Provincial Mining Surveyor, Mr Alfred Tavengana arise from their purported connivance to issue a mining certificate to AGKK mining syndicate against a high court judgement barring the PMD’s office to carry out such actions.
High Court Judge, Justice Martin Makonese had on 06 August 2019 issued an interdict barring the PMD’s office from issuing any other person a certificate of registration at Glen Arroch farm owned by Turlfury Zimbabwe limited but the PMD is alleged to have gone against the order and issued a mining licence to AGKK mining syndicate.
It is the state case led by Namatirai Chipere that Mr. Munyanduri and Tavengana connived to double allocate Glen Arroch farm mining certificate on the 17th of September this year against the high court interdict.
The duo appeared before Gweru Provincial Magistrate, Mr Progress Murandu facing charges of abuse of office. He remanded them out of custody but ordered them to report to police twice a week.
The state consented to bail but requested that stringent conditions be put in place to ensure the accused persons do not abscond court proceedings a condition that was considered by the magistrate in passing the verdict.
The defence council led by Maclean Mahaso representing Mr Munyanduri and Arnold Sakuinje representing Mr Tavengana had initially refused the stringent conditions citing that the accused persons were of fixed aboard and would not abscond court proceedings but eventually conceded to the state’s demands leading to the provincial magistrate to pass the judgement.
The duo have been remanded to the 21st of October for routine remand.