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School head fraud case postponed

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JUDGMENT in the case in which Chikumbiro Primary School head Tariro Matongo is being accused of defrauding the school of $1 295 meant for water bills, was yesterday postponed to April 7, as the defense counsel is yet to file written submissions to the State.

Stephen Chadenga
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Matongo is jointly charged with former school development committee chairperson Jerasi Farai Dube.

It is alleged that the two connived to withdraw money meant for school bills, which they converted to personal use.

They are, however, denying the charges, arguing that the money was used for other developmental purposes for the school.

Provincial magistrate Pathekile Msipa postponed judgment on the matter to April 7, saying the duo’s lawyer was yet to present written defence submissions to the court.

Matongo aged 49 and Dube (58) are alleged to have withdrawn money from the school’s FBC Bank account, which they converted to their personal use.

The State alleges that on January 28 2013, Matongo and Dube went to FBC Bank and withdrew $1 295 from the school’s account with the intention of settling water bills.

But instead of paying for the bills at the Gweru City Council, the two converted the money to their personal use.

The matter, however, came to light after an audit conducted by the Primary and Secondary Education ministry.

Matongo and Dube were quizzed on the missing money, but they failed to account for how it was used, leading to their arrest.

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