Headteacher Jailed 3 Years for Swindling Examination Fees
A Magistrate's Court in Mangochi on Friday, May 19, 2023, convicted and sentenced Headteacher at Fatima Private Primary School, Paul Kumwenda, 44, to three years imprisonment for fraudulently obtaining money meant for fees from 22 standard 8 candidates.
The court heard through state prosecutor, lnspector Shadreck Wisiki, that Kumwenda, during the month of December 2022, was instructed by the director of the school to collect funds from the 22
candidates and send to Malawi National Examination Board (MANEB).
However, prosecutor Wisiki, told the court that Kumwenda, collected a sum of K120,000 cash and diverted the funds for personal use.
"On May 9, 2023, the school's director discovered that he failed to remit the collected funds to MANEB when he contacted the board to request examination identity cards and numbers for their candidates
which resulted into the candidates failing to sit for this year's examination," explained Wisiki.
Appearing in court, Kumwenda who pleaded guilty asked for court's leniency citing that his services at the school were still needed to help the form 2 students.
In his submission, prosecutor Wisiki, reminded the court that the convict had destroyed the future of the candidates and his inhumane actions had caused psychological torture to the innocent students,
hence prayed for a custodial sentence.
Passing sentence, Second Grade Magistrate Baxter Chikalimba, concurred with the state hence sentenced him to 3-years imprisonment with hard labour as a deterrent to other would-be offenders.
Kumwenda comes from Walutunda Village, Traditional Authority Chikulamayembe in Rumphi District.
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