Byo Pub­lic­ity As­so­ci­a­tion sec­re­tary ‘steals’ $25 000

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili Chronicle Correspondent

A SEC­RE­TARY at the Bulawayo Pub­lic­ity As­so­ci­a­tion (BPA) is on the run af­ter she al­legedly stole $25 000 from the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s trust fund.

Jackie Kennedy from Bulawayo’s Pad­don­hurst sub­urb al­legedly dis­ap­peared three weeks ago af­ter fail­ing to resti­tute the BPA’s funds that she ad­mit­ted to have em­bez­zled over three years.

Po­lice have since launched a man­hunt for her af­ter her dis­ap­pear­ance on Novem­ber 7.

Act­ing Bulawayo po­lice spokesper­son As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Abed­nico Ncube yes­ter­day said po­lice are hunt­ing Kennedy in con­nec­tion with two counts of theft of trust funds.

He said Kennedy with­drew com­pany’s funds as well as com­plainant’s funds to­talling $24 700 be­tween Jan­uary 2013 and Oc­to­ber this year.

“The ac­cused per­son was not re­mit­ting monies meant for the com­plainant’s Ci­mas Med­i­cal Aid Scheme for the pe­riod ex­ceed­ing 15 months. She could not ac­count for $700 meant for the pay­ment of TelOne bills dur­ing the pe­riod Jan­uary 2013 to date. She also with­drew $19 000 from the as­so­ci­a­tion’s Stan­dard Char­tered Bank ac­count and took the com­plainant’s per­sonal $5 000 that was kept in a safe,” he said.

Asst Insp Ncube said it is un­clear how Kennedy was mak­ing bank with­drawals when she was not a sig­na­tory to the as­so­ci­a­tion’s ac­count.

“The anal­y­sis re­vealed that the ac­cused per­son had on sev­eral oc­ca­sions with­drawn money from as­so­ci­a­tion’s ac­count us­ing un­known means although she was not a sig­na­tory to the said ac­count for the pe­riod 2015 to 2016 to date,” said Asst Insp Ncube.

He said on Oc­to­ber 21 Kennedy’s un­scrupu­lous deal­ings were dis­cov­ered. She promised to pay back the money in two weeks’ time.

“On Novem­ber 7, 2016, she did not re­port to work. The to­tal amount stolen cur­rently stands at $24 700 and ef­forts to lo­cate her have been fruit­less hence the ap­peal to any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing her where­abouts to come for­ward,” he said.

“They can also con­tact of­fi­cer in charge C.I.D Com­mer­cial Crimes Divi­sion South­ern Re­gion De­tec­tive Chief In­spec­tor Sibanda on 0772 372 710 or 09-78615 or In­ves­ti­gat­ing Of­fi­cer De­tec­tive As­sis­tant In­spec­tor Nkomo on 071 2 082 518,” said Asst Insp Ncube. — @nqot­shili.

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