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    Liebenberg High bursar jailed for 3 years


    - A Liebenberg High School Development Association bursar Shuvai Mhungu (35) has been sentenced to 36 months in jail after she destroyed books of accounts when she got to know that Government auditors were coming to make investigations.
    Ten months of the sentence was suspended on condition that Mhungu does not commit a similar offence in the next five years.
    Magistrate Denis Mangosi gave a stiff sentence after noting the confusion that Mhungu has created at Liebenberg by destroying the books. He said the school which has an enrolment of over 700 pupils now does not know who has paid fees and who did not.
    "The absence of the books has disturbed the proper administration of the school which has 700 students," said Magistrate Mangosi.
    A school clerk, Jenipher Vimbai Samambwa (41), who was charged alongside Mhungu was acquitted of the crime.
    Mhungu and Samambwa shared the same office at the school.
    Mangosi said the audit that was to take place was a result of an anonymous letter alleging embezzlement of funds by Mhungu. He said the court can safely say that Mhungu had a motive and a reason to destroy the records.
    It is the state case that on November 13 2015, Liebenberg High School headmaster Rodgers Ngara, instructed Mhungu and Samambwa to keep all financial records in order, in preparation for the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education audit that was to be carried out at the school.
    On November 16 2015, Mhungu, whose duty was to master all cash records and banking of all SDA funds and process all approved payments, reported that the SDA financial records were missing.
    The missing records include receipt books, two used CBZ deposit books, fees register, and debtors' list for school uniforms, cash books from October 2013 to November 2015, bus levy narration book and SDA finance minutes.
    The books were kept in a steel cabinet in an office with a screen door and main door which were all lockable.
    However, it is alleged that Mhungu had visited the school on a Saturday, when she was not on duty and proceeded to her office.
    The second State witness told the court that she saw Mhungu coming out of her office carrying a package to her car but she (Mhungu) told her that she had come to collect her laptop and some documents.
    She was the first person to enter the office the following day but she found the doors intact without any evidence of a break in.
     Mhungu and Samambwa were the only persons who had the key to the office where the missing documents were kept.local news

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