Headmaster ‘Steals’ $17 000 From School's Fees

Headmaster ‘Steals’ $17 000 From School's Fees
Published: 2016 September 19 05:21:24 (1554 Views)

A primary school headmaster in Nkayi allegedly embezzled close to $17 000 from the school's fees payments.

Ceaser Nkomo, the headmaster of Sagonda Primary School, allegedly siphoned the funds between 2011 and 2016 when an audit report exposed him.

Nkomo is out on bail and is set to appear before Nkayi magistrate Themba Chimiso facing five counts of theft and fraud on Wednesday.

The State alleges that Nkomo was in charge of all financial transactions at the school.

“Nkomo received and receipted cash amounting to $38 308 and he only deposited $20 985 into the school bank account. He went on to account for $2 220 which he had not banked and took the remainder converting it to personal use,” read the State outline.

The matter came to light when the community and the School Development Committee expressed dismay over abuse of school funds.

“The matter was reported and police facilitated an audit report which will be used in court as evidence. It was later established that Nkomo had also duped World Vision of $715 meant to purchase spare parts for pupils’ bicycles.”

The court heard that a follow up was made when the SDC discovered that World Vision had not received the payment.

“Nkomo took three bags of cement sometime in December last year from the school store which was a donation from World Vision. Police probed the matter and discovered that Nkomo had taken the bags and nothing was recovered,” read the outline.

“Matshetshaneni Primary School also lost some money to Nkomo who was attached as head from January to April 2016. He received $100 as payment for school fees from a parent and only receipted $10 thereby defrauding him of $90”.

Nkomo allegedly converted about $800 from the same school to his personal use.




- Chronicle
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