Masunda Pri clerk on the run
CHIVI – Auditors from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Schools have unearthed alleged under-invoicing at two primary schools in Chivi District.
Although the Provincial Education Director said he has not yet received the reports, The Mirror is reliably informed that two clerks, one from Masunda North Primary under Headman Masunda and another from Madyangove Primary at Chivi Growth Point have been docked by auditors for fraud.
At Madyangove the clerk is alleged to have under invoiced receipts to the tune of $1 000.
The Mirror is informed that Emmanuel Kwanyene from Masunda disappeared after it was discovered that $711 was missing.
"There was under invoicing of money paid by parents and when this was discovered the clerk just vanished and his whereabouts are not known since end of March," a source told The Mirror.
The audit is said to have covered a period of two years from 2015 to 2016 and was carried out in March this year.
Chivi District Education officer Slyvester Tererai said he would only get such reports from the provincial headoffice but he confirmed that the audits were carried out last month.
"Although the matter has not reached my desk, if the auditors confirm that there are funds missing after due process the culprits will be taken to court and we also have our own parallel disciplinary process which may pass a different verdict with one at the courts," said Chitiga.
Efforts to get a comment from Masunda head Petros Chigwengwe were fruitless.
Meanwhile, at Madyangove an audit that was carried out on March 27 and 28 has also revealed that over $1000 is missing and the school clerk only identified as Ndava was allegedly underinvoicing school fees paid over the period 2015 to 2016.
The clerk is still at the school and sources said the auditors recommended that the School Development Committee and the headmaster should make a report to the Police for the missing funds.
A source in the Ministry said cases of fraud at schools had gone down when auditors were frequenting schools but they are likely to resurface as the visits have been reduced due to lack of resources.
"The auditors are always roaming the corridors of Wigley House instead of going and to carry out their work because of lack of transport, there are no cars to allocate to auditors hence the resurfacing of these cases which had gone down significantly after the last audits were carried out in 2015," said the source.
Chitiga said, "The auditors are always out doing their work and right now they are loads of papers in my office from them.
"I am very happy with their work and they have not reported any transport problem to me".