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SDC chairman in alleged $7 449 fraud

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A School Development Committee (Sdc) meeting at Milton High School almost turned nasty after members failed to account for $7 500 that went missing from the school coffers last November.

Irate parents last week confronted the Kizito Musekwa-led Sdc following allegations the money could have been converted to other use without their consent.

Journalists attended the meeting at the school on Saturday.

The matter has since been reported to police in Bulawayo.

Police spokesperson Augustine Zimbili confirmed the report and said the matter was still under investigation.

Tempers flared after it emerged Musekwa had awarded his company a tender to supply science textbooks to the school, in contravention of Sdc regulations, without declaring his interests.

It turned out the company supplied photocopies of the book instead of originals but he used his influence to facilitate payment.

Musekwa co-owns Papertech Enterprises, the company that supplied the school books.

Musekwa, who initially denied the charge, only admitted after one of his committee members, Thandiwe Moyo, spilled the beans and admitted the committee had erred.

Moyo told parents she was called by Musekwa to facilitate withdrawal of the money since she was one of the signatories.

Moyo said Musekwa told her the money was urgently needed for the purchase of science textbooks.

“I initially refused suspecting foul play. But I later gave in and signed the papers. Musekwa pocketed the money and he drove to the school with me. On arrival he went to the deputy headmistress, Nosizi Muleya. I thought they would lock up the money into the school safe but when Musekwa returned from the deputy head, he asked me if I wanted to be dropped in town.

He then drove and left me in town,” said Moyo.

Moyo said the bank teller initially refused to give them the money because of the amount they wanted.

“They asked for the headmaster and deputy head’s cellphone numbers and called them. It is then that a teller told us that the headmaster had authorised the withdrawal. They gave us the money.

“The following day when the auditors came they found the safe without the money and there was no clear explanation of its whereabouts,” she said.

Muleya confirmed the incident and said the school’s head of science department had rejected the photocopied books, saying they contained irrelevant material.

She said when the books were brought to the school they discovered that they had been photocopied.

“It also emerged that the books were irrelevant. The school uses Zimbabwe Schools Examination Council (Zimsec) syllabus but the books were for Cambridge syllabus,” she told the meeting.

The headmaster, Misheck Ngwenya, confirmed they rejected the books because of their quality and price.

Each book was valued at $49, 99. Musekwa was ordered to pay back the money before February 26 and immediately relieved of his duties until finalisation of the matter.

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