MASVINGO – John Muzamani, the Vic High head who is under investigation on allegations of mismanagement and abuse of office will finally retire on July 31, 2020 after an application to further extent his stay was rejected by his employer, The Mirror has been told.
The development brings a sigh of relief to parents who over the years wrote many petitions to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education demanding the dismissal of the man who leaves Vic High, the once jewel of education in a state of dereliction.
Masvingo District Schools’ Inspector Ishmael Chigaba confirmed the development and said Muzamani will leave at the end of this month (July).
Muzamani reacted angrily when The Mirror sought his comment.
“Don’t poke your nose into my affairs,” he said before hanging his phone.
Muzamani who made an unceremonious departure from Tongaat Hullet run Hippo Valley High in Chiredzi years back after allegations of theft surprised many when he reemerged as the head of Vic High, an even bigger school in May 2012.
Muzamani is a primary school trained teacher who once taught at Ngwindi Primary.
All petitions by parents to the Ministry fell on deaf ears. Sources told The Mirror that he was well connected politically.
Vic High recorded the poorest academic results for any boarding school in Masvingo Province in the last five years. The school rarely made it into the top 20 and results were worse than some rural satellite schools.
Vic High which was also a sports power house rated among the best not only in Zimbabwe but in SADC region is now a nonentity. It dominated elite sports like rugby, baseball, cricket, tennis, table tennis, volleyball and field events but all sports fields are now a heath.
“Yes, Muzamani is retiring in August. You have to call him and get finer details of the retirement,” said Chigaba.
One of the headaches for parents was the welfare of children. Vic High made headlines for bullying, providing unhygienic food, using dilapidated hostels and abuse of school resources including the alleged abuse of a school truck by Muzamani and family.
One of the reports being investigated by the Ministry is that Muzamani’s son, John (Junior) who was a Form Six pupil at Vic High was in the habit of driving around the school truck and going for outings with it.
Cases of bullying at the school were rampant and many parents complained about the safety of their children and this is also under investigation.
The school was in 2016 involved in a nasty court case after 11 ancillary workers who had their contracts unlawfully terminated demanded US$95 000 in benefits after winning the case.
A petition was handed to then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Sylvia Utete Masango to dismiss Muzamani over deteriorating standards at the school in 2016.
Another petition was handed over to the Ministry in 2018 and the school nearly failed to open for the third term after its facilities were condemned by Masvingo City Council.
Standards plummeted with pupils allegedly eating rotten meat.
The school, on three occasions failed to elect a new SDA as Muzamani allegedly acted in cahoots with long serving SDA chairperson Brighton Nerupiri.
Muzamani nearly exchanged blows with parents at the last AGM held in March after telling them that the Provincial Education Director, Zedius Chitiga was the custodian of SDA minutes.