Question paper fraud accused return to court

01 Feb 2016 21:40pm
KATIMA MULILO, 01 FEB (NAMPA) – Investigations into the theft of 2012 grades 10 and 12 final-year question papers, have been completed.
During a court hearing on Monday, Katima Mulilo District Court Magistrate Nomsa Sibanda was informed by State Prosecutor George Matali that the case, which was provisionally withdrawn in 2014, is now ready for prosecution.
The case involves former National Institute of Educational Development (NIED) employee Prisca Manga Wakumelo, who is the first accused in the matter, as she is alleged to have leaked the question papers to 23 high school learners in 2012.
Wakumelo is alleged to have stolen question papers on development studies, biology, English and agriculture, and selling them for N.dollars 500 each.
She now faces four charges, including corruption (corruptly using her office for gratification); contravening the Education Act of 2001; and one count of fraud and theft. The learners are to be arraigned on fraud charges only. They were all released from police custody on warnings.
Wakumelo is also out on a warning and her bail money of N.dollars 20 000 was returned to her in 2014 due to the matter provisionally being cancelled.
All the accused appeared in court on a summons.
Sibanda postponed the case to 07 March for all the accused to obtain private lawyers or apply for Legal Aid representation.