School head suspended over abuse of office

Michael Magoronga
A Zhombe headmaster has been suspended over allegations of using mubobobo, abuse of office and misappropriation of funds among other allegations.According to a source close to the goings on, the school head was suspended after parents, through the school development committee, wrote a letter of complaint to Kwekwe district education officer.

He is also accused of undermining the authority of the SDC and that of the DEO, having a a�?ridiculousa�? timetable for both pupils and teachers, budging into female staffersa�� cottage without knocking and using juju and mubobobo.

a�?He fondled childrena��s breasts and made them remove their school uniform tops to check whether they were wearing bra tops or not, thereby abusing the girls,a�? alleged the source.

At one time, he is said to have taken a female pupil who was supposed to travel to Gokwe for a Nust organised Mathematics programme and slept with her at his cottage.

The school is also said to have plunged into debt since his arrival as he would withdraw money from the school coffers on the pretext that he was buying school furniture, textbooks and other material, yet he would purchase the material on credit.

a�?This is despite the fact that the SDC would have released the cash for purchases of these things. We were shocked when a furniture manufacturer came asking for money yet we had paid cash for the furniture,a�? revealed one SDC member on condition of anonymity.

Contacted for comment, Kwekwe district education officer, a Ms Mapenzauswa could neither confirm nor deny the allegations.

The head is supposed to appear before a disciplinary panel early next month on a date yet to be ascertained. xerograx.