CHIREDZI: A 53 year old former headmaster at Nandi primary school has been sentenced to six months in prison with an option of paying $300 for sexually assaulting two grade six pupils at his former workplace.
Christopher Mangwendere was set free after his defense counsel from Golden Knot Law firm managed to convince the court that he was a first offender and an elderly person without a criminal record thus rendering him a good citizen.
Magistrate Geraldine Mutsoto told a fully packed court that Mangwendere by virtue of being a headmaster had a duty of overseeing over pupils and by that he had no room to take advantage of that and abuse his office by sexually assaulting the pupils.
Mangwendere was convicted after a full trial and sentenced to a prison term of six months which was wholly suspended on condition he paid a $300 fine.
Prosecuror, Chiedza Muhwandawaka, told the court that Mangwendere, on July 29 last year, asked a 13 year old girl to clean his office. He then fondled the girl’s breast and caressed her shoulders before the minor bolted out of the office.
On the second count, he called another girl to his office and assigned he the sane task before he fondled the girl’s breasts.
Luck ran out for the headmaster when one of the victims reported the matter to one of the teachers. The teacher, who is a member of the Girl Child Network NGO, in turn made a police report leading to the headmaster’s arrest.
The headmaster quickly filed a resignation letter as soon as the case reached the courts.