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Thieving school clerks jailed

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Two clerks at Murahwa Primary School in Mutare have been convicted of defrauding the school of $8 943.

The two, Sandra Muhambi (43) and Tandiwe Chipikiri (33), will spend five and six years in jail respectively unless they pay back the stolen money.

They appeared separately before Mutare magistrate Noah Gwaidzo on Tuesday and were convicted on their own plea of guilty.

Muhambi was sentenced to 15 months in prison, but the magistrate suspended five years on condition she did not commit a similar offence in the next five years while another 10 were also suspended on condition she restitutes the school by end of May next year.

Chipikiri was sentenced to 12 months in prison and six were suspended for five years on condition of good behaviour while the other six were suspended on condition she paid back the money she stole by end of February next year.

The State alleges the two received cash for school fees from students and understated figures while pocketing the balance.

Prosecutor Truman Joma submitted that from September 2010 to January 31 2011, the two clerks connived and hatched a plan to defraud the school.

Muhambi is alleged to have defrauded the school of
$6 938,70 by receipting fees without carbon paper in the receipt book.

She would then write the lesser amount in the receipt book, using the carbon paper.

Chipikiri defrauded the school in similar fashion, getting away with $2 005.

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