Copac fails to pay for hired vehicles

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The constitution-making process faces more hiccups amid reports that owners of vehicles hired for the outreach programme have threatened to withdraw their cars this week because of contractual hitches.
It emerged this week that the vehicle owners have not yet signed contracts and are still to be paid 40 percent of the total amount promised before the start of the programme, but Copac officials have however expressed ignorance at the latest developments.
If they withdraw their cars, it further delays the constitution-making process.
Legislators and other vehicle owners who preferred anonymity said Copac and the Central Mechanical and Engineering Department (CMED), the body tasked to source the vehicles, had failed to pay them for their services.
Vehicle owners that spoke to NewsDay threatened to withdraw their cars by tomorrow if Copac failed to honour its end of the bargain.
“We have not signed contracts with the CMED and we were supposed to be given 40 percent deposit for those vehicles, but we have received nothing up to now,” said an MP. “Copac is therefore using our vehicles illegally.”
Most legislators involved in the programme have hired their cars out to Copac for a fee.
The arrangement is that the vehicle owners would be paid $80 per day plus an additional 22 cents per kilometre travelled.
Copac spokesperson, Jessie Majome said: “I have not heard anything about that. What I can say is that Copac is committed to securing those vehicles and to abide by the agreements that we had with CMED and vehicle owners.” However, an MP with the outreach team in Matebeleland South maintained that some legislators and vehicle owners were contemplating withdrawing their cars from Copac if they were not paid.