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Two lecturers, a director of the School of Hospitality and Tourism at the Bulawayo Polytechnic College, and the general manager of Orange Groove Motel are accused of defrauding the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council by forging documents to win a tender for an examiners’ training exercise in 2012.

Cephas Chikwira (39), Memory Mahaso (45), Chenjerai Makiya (42) and Innocent Nezungai yesterday appeared before regional magistrate Mr Noel Mupeiwa facing fraud charges.

Chikwira, Mahaso and Nezungai are also facing alternative charges of criminal abuse of duty as public officers and another of corruptly concealing a transaction from a principal.

The quartet was jointly charged with Zimsec’s training development officer Shadreck Muchena (30) who was discharged at the close of the State’s case.

They are represented by their lawyer Mr Andrew Muvirimi who is to file closing submissions on May 9.

The State is scheduled to respond on May 15 and Mr Mupeiwa would deliver his judgment on June 15.

The court heard that Chikwira and Mahaso are employed by the School of Hospitality and Tourism as lecturers based at Bulawayo Polytechnic College.

Prosecutor Mr Sidom Chinzete said Makiya is employed as a general manager at Orange Groove Motel in Chinhoyi while Nezungai is the director of the School of Hospitality and Tourism.

It is alleged that the quartet misrepresented that the School of Hospitality and Tourism was one and the same with Bulawayo Polytechnic and was capable of hosting 755 participants for an examiners’ training exercise in August 2012.

The court heard that Chikwira and Mahaso drafted a document, in which they endorsed signatures purporting to be the principal and vice principal respectively of Bulawayo Polytechnic.

The documents were allegedly presented to Zimsec, which then engaged the School of Hospitality and Tourism for the hosting of the examiners.

Makiya and Nezungai allegedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the provision of catering services with Makmuz Caterers, a company in which Makiya is a director.

However, the caterers are not under the State Procurement Board’s approved list, it is alleged.

It is alleged that the School of Hospitality and Tourism could only accommodate 200 participants and it went on to sub-contract Bulawayo Polytechnic for accommodation services, before making a transfer of $22 310 into its bank account.

Source : The Herald

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