Copac finance and administration manager Gift Marunda has replaced fired boss Peter Kunjeku as acting chief executive officer until the appointment of a substantive person.
Copac co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora confirmed Marunda has been appointed the acting coordinator of Copac until further notice.
“After Kunjeku’s contract was not renewed while he was already on suspension, the second most senior person we had in the organisation was Marunda who is now the acting chief executive officer,” said Mwonzora.
“We will advise after meeting with the select committee on whether we should keep Marunda in the post or restructure management that is there seeing as we are almost done with Copac,” said Mwonzora.
Kunjeku was early this month shown the door after his employer decided not to renew his contract citing the chaos that had characterised the constitution-making process.
Mwonzora said Kunjeku’s contract expired at the end of November and the committee opted not to renew it as members were not happy with his performance.
The constitution-making process has, however, been marred by chaos, false starts and at times communication problems that saw several information gathering hearings being abandoned.
Meanwhile, Mwonzora said they had now paid their rapporteurs as they geared up for the next session, starting on January 10.
“We have paid our rapporteurs, we paid them between December 21 and 23 and they should have received their money by now,” said Mwonzora.
“We received money from the Ministry of Finance which helped us to make part payments for all outstanding debts and allowances to outreach members who took part as well as hotels. Most of the allowances especially for MPs should be in their bank accounts. The delay could have been caused by the holiday. It is only sad that some MPs complain. What people should do is to track their bank accounts if they have not receive payment.”
Copac co-chairperson Edward Mkhosi confirmed the rapporteurs had been paid but they still needed more money as the organisation was bankrupt.
“Yes they have been paid (rapporteurs) and also part payments for the hotels and cars. It’s just that we have a lot of debts which need to be catered for and since we do not have enough money, we are making part payments,” said Mkhosi.