The High Court yesterday issued a warrant of arrest for former Higher and Tertiary Education deputy minister Godfrey Gandawa, who is facing allegations of swindling the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (Zimdef) of $400 000, failed to turn up for the trial.
Gandawa’s lawyer Advocate Bernard Chidziva told Justice Tawanda Chitapi that he did not know where his client was.
He said Gandawa, who was on $500 bail, did not even communicate with him with a view to make arrangements to appear in court although he knew he was supposed to stand trial.
From the Prosecutor-General’s Office, Clemence Chimbari then applied for a warrant of arrest. After Gandawa’s name was called three times without response, Justice Chitapi had no option, but to order his arrest.
Initially, Gandawa was jointly charged with former Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo, but the trial was separated after Moyo skipped the country.
Moyo also faces arrest over the same case.