Bur­sar ‘steals school funds, burns records’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu

A BUR­SAR at Makuzeze Pri­mary School in Mangwe District al­legedly stole school funds and burnt record books to con­ceal the of­fence.

He al­legedly stole a lap­top that had pay­ment records from the school ad­min­is­tra­tion block.

Salani Sibanda (37) al­legedly set on fire two draw­ers of a cab­i­net which con­tained record books in­clud­ing the one in which he re­ceipted the pay­ments he col­lected, to com­plete his cover-up.

He ap­peared on ini­tial re­mand be­fore Plumtree mag­is­trate, Mr Li­vard Phile­mon fac­ing fraud, theft and ma­li­cious dam­age to prop­erty charges. He was re­manded in cus­tody to to­day. Sibanda is sus­pected to have is­sued 91 re­ceipts with a value of $1 820 and di­verted the money to his per­sonal use. The mat­ter came to light fol­low­ing an au­dit. Prose­cut­ing, Mrs Rose Sibanda said Salani com­mit­ted the of­fences be­tween Septem­ber 21 and Novem­ber 4.

She said re­ceipts with a value of $180 had so far been re­cov­ered from pupils.

“Salani who works at Makuzeze Pri­mary School re­ceived pay­ment for school fees, re­ceipted the money but didn’t hand over the money to the school au­thor­i­ties.

“The of­fence came to light af­ter an au­dit which led to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter. So far 12 re­ceipts val­ued at $180 have been re­cov­ered from school pupils. More re­ceipts are ex­pected to be re­cov­ered as Salani is sus­pected to have is­sued 91 re­ceipts with the value of $1 820 and con­verted the money to his per­sonal use,” she said.

Mrs Sibanda said Salani is sus­pected to have dumped the lap­top which he had stolen be­hind the school ad­min­is­tra­tion block three days later.

“Po­lice man­aged to re­cover 12 re­ceipts which were is­sued by Salani from pupils and a cash anal­y­sis reg­is­ter in­di­cat­ing the cash which he had handed over to the school author­ity. The money in the cash anal­y­sis reg­is­ter and the money re­ceipted don’t tally,” she said.— @DubeMatutu

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