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MPs misuse Copac cars for party business

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Legislators in constitution outreach teams have accused each other of misusing vehicles hired to Copac for political party activities, which have nothing to do with constitution-making.
Copac hired vehicles from individuals, including MPs, and signed contracts agreeing that the vehicles would not be withdrawn from Copac until the constitution outreach programmes had been completed.
The contracts were signed with the CMED who are managing Copac vehicles under an agreement that whenever Copac took a break, the vehicles would be parked at their depots.
Several people, including legislators, called NewsDay last week indicating that MPs who were using Copac vehicle were abusing them.
“I would like NewsDay to investigate cases where MDC-T members took Copac vehicles and used them for party business when their president Morgan Tsvangirai held a rally recently in Gwanda,” said an MDC-M legislator, who refused to be named. “We want to know who is going to pay for the mileage and we want to call for a meeting to discuss that because we are shocked.”
Another MDC-T member who declined to be named also revealed that Copac vehicles were spotted at the National Heroes’ Acre helping to ferry people during the burial of President Robert Mugabe’s sister Sabina Mugabe.
Asked to comment on the issue, the three Copac co-chairpersons Munyaradzi Mangwana, Douglas Mwonzora and Edward Mkhosi expressed surprise and said although those cases had not yet been reported to them, all Copac vehicles were supposed to be used solely for the constitution-making process.
“I have no knowledge of whose vehicle was involved. What I know is that Copac does not pay for MDC-T or Zanu PF party business. If that happened then it is gross misconduct by that individual MP because the MDC-T president who was in Matabeleland South had his own fleet of vehicles and did not need to use Copac vehicles,” said Mwonzora.
“So, if there was a Copac vehicle in Gwanda, it was certainly not ordered by the MDC-T president,” he said.
Mwonzora said Copac could not pay for mileage on vehicles used for political party business
Mkhosi said it was news to him as the three political parties had reached an understanding that all vehicles would be surrendered to the CMED whenever Copac was inactive.
Mangwana said the CMED was managing the vehicles and MPs were supposed to follow the rules in the contracts they signed when hiring out their vehicles.

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