Schools’ audit unravels more corruption cases

CorruptionMunicipal Reporter
Harare is reportedly losing thousands of dollars in revenue as some of its schools are not remitting tuition fees to the local authority. The city has ordered investigations to be conducted on four schools and a crèche. A bursar at one of the schools is set to appear before a disciplinary committee to answer charges of abusing tuition fees.

According to the recent minutes of the Audit Committee, audit manager Mr Joseph Issa, told councillors that the investigations were being carried out at Kuwadzana 1 and 8 Schools, Glen View 7, Tafara 5 and Glen View Crèche.

“The committee noted that schools were not remitting tuition fees to council and agreed that all the outstanding fees should be remitted to council. It was further agreed that a standard operating procedure manual for schools should be adhered to and those who deviate from the operations should be appropriately disciplined,” reads part of the minutes.

During the meeting it was also agreed that Tafara 5 Primary School bursar must appear before a disciplinary committee to answer charges levelled against him which were outlined in a confidential report.

The committee resolved that corporate services and housing director Mrs Josephine Ncube, implements all the Audit Committee resolutions.

The city has 32 primary schools in the high density residential suburbs of Glen View, Budiriro, Glen Norah, Kuwadzana, Warren Park, Dzivaresekwa, Westlea, Tafara, Sunnigdale and Marimba Park.

Kuwadzana has the highest number of council schools with eight.

The committee also discussed the issue of demolitions of some illegal structures particularly the demolitions of already built stands by Volcano Housing Cooperative.

Acting town clerk Mrs Ncube, however, reported that demolitions across the city had been put on hold pending clarification with the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing.

The committee requested that councillors be notified whenever demolitions are to be carried out in their areas but Mrs Ncube said it was difficult to notify councillors in advance as it would endanger council employees.

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