Ex-bursar up for fraud

2 February 2017

FORMER Seke High 1 school bursar, who allegedly connived with the clerk to defraud the school of more than US$135 000 using a separate receipt book for student levies, yesterday appeared in court.

Moses Manize, 35, appeared before Harare magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa charged with fraud.

He was not asked to plead to the charge and was remanded out of custody to March 15 on US$200 bail.

Circumstances leading to Manize’s arrest are that sometime in 2014, he connived with Susan Mujokoro who is already on remand to steal the school’s money by creating parallel receipt books and under banking the school’s funds.

The matter only came to light June 2015, when a resolution was passed for the School Development Committee to investigate some suspected fraudulent activities at the school.

It is alleged that all students were asked to produce all receipts issued to them by the school which were used to inspect the school’s levy books.

It was during this exercise when it was discovered that some of the top copies received from students were reflecting different amounts from those kept in the school records.

The State alleges that on June 29 the same year, the SDC made a formal complaint to Chitungwiza District Education officer of the irregularities noted in the levy books.

As result, a full audit of the school records was conducted on August 2015.

Through the audit, it was discovered that between May 2014 and March 2015, two sets of receipt books were used to receipt the student levies.

Allegations are that it was also discovered that the two collected a total of US$411 350 of which US$275 506 was receipted on the official school receipt book.

The school was prejudiced of US$135 844 and nothing was recovered.

Sebastian Mutizirwa appeared for the State.