School bursar up for $16 000 fraud

AN Epworth school bursar has been arraigned before the courts facing charges of defrauding his employers $16 000 over three years.

Valentine Maponga 

Darlington Nyagwaya, who is employed at Muguta Secondary School as a bursar, allegedly failed to deposit school fees into the school’s ZB Bank account on the same day as was required. Instead, he used his Ecocash account to transfer the money between May 2015 and June 2017.

The State alleged that the offence only came to light after the school headmaster discovered several payments that were made to the school account using Nyagwaya’s Ecocash account. This, according to the State, raised suspicions that the Nyagwaya was no remitting cash received from students directly to the bank.

Internal auditors carried out an investigation into the matter and it was he discovered that there was a shortfall of $16 074 which had been received by Nyagwaya but was not banked. A report was made leading to the bursar’s arrest.

Nyagwaya appeared before Harare Magistrate Josephine Sande facing fraud charges. He was not asked to plead and was remanded out of custody to 25 August 2017 on a free bail.

Nyangwaya was represented by Harare lawyer Lucky Dube while Linda Gadzikwa prosecuted.