Police officer jailed for theft

Local magistrate Pathekile Msipa has slapped a Central Investigations Department police officer with a six months imprisonment term for embezzling funds at a local school.

Emmanuel Mupini, the School Development Association treasurer for Ascot Secondary School joins two other police officers, Jealous Munyati (35) and Andrew Konje (30) of Mvuma Police Station, who were recently convicted of demanding a $700 bribe from a suspect.

The court heard that Mupini was given a payment voucher of $1,500 with a withdrawal slip attached to it by the school’s SDA clerk, Elute Musemwa. He was supposed to counter sign the slip and return it to the clerk on the same day but instead he withheld the withdrawal document saying he wanted to make verifications on it first.

On 28 March he went to Standard Chartered bank, withdrew $1,500 from the school’s SDA account and kept it. When asked about the money he said he had transferred it to BancABC bank for the purchase of a school bus – but failed to produce supporting documents.

When the fraud was discovered, Mupini pleaded for a grace period to pay it back – but failed to do so, forcing the school authorities to report the matter to police.

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