A Rusape primary school headmaster, along with the school bursar and clerk, have been brought before the courts for allegedly embezzling nearly $3 000.
By Our Staff Reporter
The three — Chekufa Zonge (53), the headmaster of Cowie Primary School, school bursar Lillian Antonio (37) and clerk Benita Chawasarira (46) — were not asked to plead to the theft charges when they appeared for initial remand before Rusape magistrate Shingi Mutiro.
They were all remanded to December 13 on $100 bail each.
Charges against the three are that on October 31 this year, they received $3 760 from ZimStat as rentals for the time the school accommodated census enumerators during their training for the 2012 census programme.
The State alleges ZimStat deposited the money into the School Development Association (SDA) account for purposes of
accountability and also as per procedure.
It is the State case that the three connived to steal the money. They unlawfully transferred the money into the school’s Social Services Fund, which is not under the direct control of the SDA.
On the same day, the three withdrew the money and shared it among themselves without the knowledge of SDA members.
However, the matter was later discovered, leading to the arrest of the three last weekend.
According to the State, only $800 was recovered. Tirivanhu Mutyasira prosecuted.