Nkayi school head ‘em­bez­zles’ $17 000

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Than­deka Moyo

A NKAYI head­mas­ter al­legedly em­bez­zled about $17 000 from school fees pay­ments and other trans­ac­tions.

Ceaser Nkomo, the head­mas­ter of Sagonda Pri­mary School, al­legedly si­phoned the funds be­tween 2011 and 2016 when an au­dit re­port ex­posed him.

Nkomo is out on bail and is set to ap­pear be­fore Nkayi magistrate Mr Themba Chimiso fac­ing five counts of theft and fraud on Wed­nes­day.

The State al­leges that Nkomo was in charge of all fi­nan­cial trans­ac­tions at the school.

“Nkomo re­ceived and re­ceipted cash amount­ing to $38 308 and he only de­posited $20 985 into the school bank ac­count. He went on to ac­count for $2 220 which he had not banked and took the re­main­der con­vert­ing it to per­sonal use,” read the State out­line.

The mat­ter came to light when the com­mu­nity and the School De­vel­op­ment Com­mit­tee ex­pressed dis­may over abuse of school funds.

“The mat­ter was re­ported and po­lice fa­cil­i­tated an au­dit re­port which will be used in court as ev­i­dence. It was later es­tab­lished that Nkomo had also duped World Vi­sion of $715 meant to pur­chase spare parts for pupils’ bi­cy­cles.”

The court heard that a fol­low up was made when the SDC dis­cov­ered that World Vi­sion had not re­ceived the pay­ment.

“Nkomo took three bags of ce­ment some­time in De­cem­ber last year from the school store which was a do­na­tion from World Vi­sion. Po­lice probed the mat­ter and dis­cov­ered that Nkomo had taken the bags and noth­ing was re­cov­ered,” read the out­line.

“Mat­shet­sha­neni Pri­mary School also lost some money to Nkomo who was at­tached as head from Jan­uary to April 2016. He re­ceived $100 as pay­ment for school fees from a par­ent and only re­ceipted $10 thereby de­fraud­ing him of $90”.

Nkomo al­legedly con­verted about $800 from the same school to his per­sonal use. —@thamamoe

Treated wa­ter flows from a burst pipe along Nketa Drive in Mpopoma sub­urb, Bu­l­awayo. The wa­ter pipe has been leak­ing for over five months, ac­cord­ing to res­i­dents who say they have re­ported the fault to no avail

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