Clerk arrested for swindling school funds

Clerk arrested for swindling school funds

ZIMBABWE – A Clerk at Seke 1 High School in Chitungwiza was taken to court on allegations of swindling the school funds amounting to nearly US$200 000 which was paid in levies.

Susan Mujokoro, 49, appeared at the Harare magistrates’ court charged with fraud.

Mujokoro was not asked to plead when she appeared before magistrate Elijah Makomo.

The State led by Sebastian Mutizirwa had it that sometime in 2014 Mujokoro connived with the school’s bursar Moses Munhize who was a bursar to embezzle the funds.

In June this year a resolution was passed to allow the School Development Association to investigate fraudulent activities that were being done at the school.

It is said that the SDA went through the financial books and tried to tally them with receipts produced by students.

The court heard that SDA members noted that some of the receipts were different from the one that were kept at the school.

On June 29 Bernadette Gumbo, the SDA chairperson, made a formal report to the Chitungwiza District Education Officer.

In August an audit was done by official from the Auditor General’s office, a court heard.

It was then discovered that in May 2014 two sets of receipt books were used to levy students.

The court heard that it was discovered that US$411 350 was collected in levies with US$275 506 was receipted in official books.

Allegations are that Mujokoro receipted US$135 844 on parallel receipts.

The matter was taken to police leading to her arrest.