Headmistress in deep trouble for allegedly stealing school funds through fake receipts

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In a distressing case of alleged financial misconduct, the headmistress of Berehwenya Secondary School in Shurugwi, Enet Nyoni (55), has been arraigned before the Shurugwi Magistrates’ Court on charges of fraud and forgery.

According to the National Prosecuting Authority of Zimbabwe, the accused, Enet Nyoni, is accused of systematically siphoning funds from the school’s bank account for her own personal use. The investigations, carried out by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), have uncovered a disturbing pattern of fraudulent activity spanning several months.

The state alleges that on June 26th, 2023, Nyoni withdrew US$240 from the school’s account without the knowledge or approval of the procurement committee. She then allegedly used US$3.50 of those funds to make a purchase at a shop in Gweru, but fraudulently altered the receipt to show a total of US$73.50 instead.

The accusations do not end there. Prosecutors claim that on January 12th, 2024, Nyoni withdrew US$365 from the school’s account, again without the procurement committee’s consent. She is said to have used US$12 of that money to make a purchase at a hardware and plumbing shop, but once more altered the receipt to show a figure of US$42.

Further investigations revealed that on January 17th, 2024, Nyoni had also altered a US$60 receipt to read US$80. The state alleges that the headmistress would consistently misrepresent the true totals to the school’s bursar, ultimately converting a total of US$120 to her own personal use.

Enet Nyoni has been granted bail in the amount of US$100 and is scheduled to appear back in court on June 3rd, 2024. This case has undoubtedly shaken the Berehwenya Secondary School community, raising concerns about the accountability and transparency of financial management within educational institutions.


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