Divaris Makaharis lawyers warn Tapera

HARARE - Divaris Makaharis School (Divaris)’s lawyers have told the school’s ex-head Christopher Tapera to stop his misinformation campaign about his alleged labour court win against the institution.

This not only comes as the disgraced former Heritage School principal has claimed he had won a second and $20 000 appeal against the Harare school, but a self-incriminating letter and September 2013 confession detailing his various acts of misconduct has surfaced.

Citing irregularities in Tapera’s story that the “successive award” was given by a Labour Court judge known as Alpha Gurupira, Divaris’ lawyers Mutamangira and Associates said the accounts were wholly untrue and a fabrication since there was no judge by that name.

“The allegation that there has been a determination by the Labour Court… is therefore untrue and borders on contempt of the esteemed court,” read an August 15 letter seen by this paper.

“Further it is also untrue that the High Court of Zimbabwe under case number HC 6677/14 has made an order for the registration of the alleged award of the Labour Court. As a matter of fact there is no High Court order that exists under such a case number,” they said before reminding Tapera that they had “a pending $42 000 criminal case and fraud against him”.

Crucially, Mutamangira and Associates argued that the public noises about non-existent orders might have been a “desperate attempt to illegally influence a matter which is clearly sub-judice” and specifically his August 6 chamber application.

Despite admitting to a number of questionable and negligent decisions, which have opened up the school to financial claims in the region of $500 000 and litigation, Tapera is demanding “outstanding monies for rentals, clothes and domestic servants”.

“…this is to confirm that I acted inconsistently against the requirements of my employment…  where I materially made a decision without consulting the board, for instance, appointing new teachers and administrative staff, reviewing staff salaries and authorising payments for day to day running of the school,” he said in the September 25, 2013 letter, adding “…I take the blame and full responsibility of my gross act of misconduct”.

According to an April 2014 dossier sent to the Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana’s office and now forming part of the Methodist leader’s key prosecution, some of the sacked principal’s dubious decisions include the unilateral May 2013 increase of teacher’s salaries and on a day he was supposed to start work, guaranteeing a computer-buying scheme without authorisation and claims that he had not been paid some of pay when there were transfers.

Comments (3)

This is a poor piece of journalism. Your paper is going to the dogs if you are now taking bribes from the likes of Phillip. Why did you not hear Tapera's side of the story and interview his lawyers too. This is pathetic journalism.

Doris - 20 August 2014

Pathetic journalism indeed.

Dzinonzwa Hadzirimi - 20 August 2014

Zvinei nesu. Mashaya zvekunyora here

Sharon - 21 August 2014

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