Copac co-chairpersons asked to return vehicles

TREASURY has asked Copac co-chairpersons to return vehicles they allocated themselves after completing the constitution making exercise.

Paidamoyo Muzulu

In addition, the government has asked Copac national coordinator Gift Marunda to account for all the equipment and property used by Copac during the constitution making exercise.

Marunda’s contract has been extended until the end of August to enable him to account for the assets.

Copac co-chairpersons Munyaradzi Mangwana (Zanu PF), Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) and Edward Mkhosi (MDC) were given a Mazda BT50 and Toyota Hilux 4×4 double cab, each, during the course of writing the new constitution. They however requested to purchase the Toyotas which they were allocated in November 2012.

Marunda confirmed there was an audit at Copac but said it was routine since the organization was closing shop.

“The audit was necessitated by our winding up and the urgent need last month for us to handover some assets to Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec). However not all assets were handed over then since we were also still using some of the equipment,” he said.

Marunda said the Copac management committee, made up of negotiators of the three parties which were in the inclusive government, approved the selling of vehicles to co-chairs.

“The co-chairs have formally appealed to treasury to retain the vehicles or be given the option to purchase them at book value as is normal government procedure for senior officers,” Marunda said.

Copac was funded jointly by the government and the United Nations Development Programme which financed the acquisition of offices, vehicles, computers, laptops, ipads, audio recorders, video recorders and furniture used during the constitution making exercise.