ZAKA – There is suspicions of corruption at Zaka police camp after a Jinjika Secondary School teacher who allegedly stole six window frames and clocks seems to have gotten away with it.
Sources told TellZim News Shadreck Chitsama stole the six window frames from the school storeroom which he had opened using a duplicate key but was seen by a pupil who stays in the school cottage.
Chitsama is said to have hidden the window frames near the school but a security guard followed a spoor and recovered the loot.
“The guard and teachers including the deputy head Mason Manyadze recovered the frames after a pupil made a tip-off,” said a source.
Chitsama later tried to sell the clocks at the nearby Veza business centre but an alert ward councillor privy to the alleged theft went and took away one for use as exhibit.
Upon being quizzed, Chitsama reportedly confessed and sought a hearing with the school authorities and asked for forgiveness.
The matter is said to having been reported to the Zaka district education offices after which the case died a natural death as it was not taken forward.
School Development Committee (SDC) chairperson Chanson Mapfuwa confirmed the incident and said the parents were calling for the culprit’s arrest and removal from the school.
“It’s true that he brought back the stolen property and asked for forgiveness but parents no longer want him at school. We are appealing to authorities to intervene on our behalf and make sure that he is arrested and transferred,” said Mapfuwa.
Zaka District School Inspector (DSI) Samson Chidzurira said he was aware of the matter but could not give greater details.
“I can give you finer details next week as we are still gathering more information. I would want to believe that the matter was reported to the police,” said Chidzurira.
Zaka West legislator Ophias Murambiwa confirmed knowledge of the incident and said he was shocked by the lack of lack of seriousness by which the case had been handled.
“I know of the incident. The councillor briefed me on the matter and I was shocked the case is not being handled seriously. I will do a follow up and make sure that the matter is dealt with by the police,” said Murambiwa.