Cottco employee suspended over forged ‘O’ Level certificate
A Cotton Company of Zimbabwe (Cottco) employee stationed at Gokwe depot as an accounts clerk was last week suspended over a forged ‘O’ Level certificate. This is after a tip off revealed that Rosemary Muzenda Manyiwa had falsified her educational qualifications in order to get the job.
According to Newsday, a letter addressed to Manyiwa on August 11 by Cottco human resources and administration manager Crispen Dimba prohibited Manyiwa from visiting the depot while on suspension.
“Cottco has good cause to believe that you committed acts of misconduct in terms of its employment code of conduct. Investigations being carried out are indicating that you falsified your educational qualifications when you joined the company,” read part of the letter.
“Accordingly, in terms of section 3.1.2 or the code of conduct you are hereby suspended with pay and benefits with immediate effect, pending further investigation. You are also prohibited from visiting your place of work during the period of suspension unless otherwise instructed.”
Dimba also ordered Manyiwa not to interfere with the investigations, and to surrender all Cottco assets to the supervisor by August 12.
The issue first came to light after Gokwe Police received an anonymous tip-off and started investigations. Then on July 29, the member-in-charge of CID Gokwe the wrote to the Cottco manager at Gokwe depot, Praise Makombore, informing her about the investigation. Police also notified the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) board. Investigations by Zimsec’s security officer Lee Banda proved that Muzenda’s Ordinary Level results were forged.
“I assessed our records of past Zimbabwe General Certificate of Education Ordinary Level examinations. I confirm that Muzenda Rosemary did not sit for November 2001 examinations at Gwehava Secondary School as candidate 020300/3080,” Banda said.
“Results for Muzenda Rosemary are fictitious. The centre number for Gwehava Secondary School is 050177 which is in Midlands region. The centre number 020300 belongs to Regina Coeli High School in Manicaland. I make oath to the above statement conscientiously believing the same to be true,” he said.
Midlands police spokesperson Inspector Emmanuel Mahoko recently told NewsDay that Muzenda would soon appear in court over her forged ‘O’ Level results.