Hartzell High School headmaster, Shorwi Kawadza, is back in court, this time facing corruption charges.
In recent years, Kawadza was arraigned before the Mutare Magistrates’ Court for allegedly r_aping a minor at Old Mutare Orphanage.
He, however, was acquitted after a full trial.
Last week, Kawadza (64) appeared in court facing fraud charges and was remanded out of custody to October 14, on $50 000 bail.
He appeared before Mutare provincial magistrate, Mr Langton Carter following his arrest a fortnight ago.
He was instructed not to interfere with witnesses and to report every Friday at Mutare Central Police Station.
Kawadza, who is being represented by Mr Victor Chinzamba of Mugadza, Chinzamba and Partners, is being charged for corruptly concealing his personal interest in a transaction as defined in Section 173 (a) (i) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform Act), Chapter 9:23.
Mutare District Prosecutor, Mr Tirivanhu Mutyasira prosecuted.
The court heard that during the period between 2020 and 2021, Mutrue Investments (Private) Limited Company, in which Kawadza is one of the directors, supplied firewood, tomatoes and other products to the United Methodist Church-run Hartzell High School.
According to the United Methodist Church Operations Policies and Procedures Manual, Section 2.0, all business transactions between Mutrue Investments and Hartzell High School were supposed to have been authorised by the church’s Agencies of Annual Conference.
Mr Mutyasira said Kawadza did not declare his personal interests in the company to the United Methodist Church Agencies of Annual Conference, hence he had no approval to engage the company to supply the commodities to the school.
The court also heard that Mutrue Investments was never at any point officially selected by the Procurement Committee to supply goods and services to Hartzell High School.
Kawadza, being the accounting officer, allegedly did not allow the Procurement Committee, which is chaired by the deputy headmaster, to deliberate on purchases to be made from his company, Mutrue Investments.
Instead, he would allegedly deliver the commodities straight to the boarding section of the school and call the deputy headmaster to approve the purchases in order to receive payment.
At the same time when the offence was committed, Kawadza was a signatory for the Hartzell High School ZB Bank account which would transfer money into his Mutrue Investments company as payment for the goods.
The school’s ZB Bank statement shows payments that were made to Mutrue Investments’ ZB Bank account as well as to Kawadza’s ZB Bank personal account.
According to the United Methodist Church’s Finance Procedures Manual Section 3.0, an advert is supposed to be flighted in national newspapers inviting suppliers to do business with the Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.
— Manica Post