Copac finance manager accused of corruption

HARARE - A constitution Select Committee (Copac) finance and administration manager has appeared before a Harare magistrate on corruption charges.

Gift Marunda, 46, who is also Copac’s acting national coordinator is accused of depriving the constitution-making body of over $18 000 after awarding a contract to a non-befitting company.

The court heard that Marunda approved a contract for African Legend Investments Private Limited for a printing job between July 20 and July 31 this year.

African Legend Investments is a marketing consultancy company owned by Clemence Guta, according to court papers.

Marunda allegedly awarded the company a contract to supply Copac’s All Stakeholders meeting with materials including badges, pads, pens and folders.

Copac paid $8 740 for the job on August 1, but according to state papers, the materials have not yet been delivered.

It is alleged that Marunda contracted the company again to print the Copac draft constitution in which a deposit of $9 982 was paid on September 25 from $13 200 required for 1 200 copies.

According to state papers, African Legend Investments does not have printing machines and relies on subcontracting other companies for jobs that they secure.

Marunda authorised the release of $18 722 to African Legend Investments, yet the company is not listed on the approved list of the State Procurement Board (SPB), hence it was not supposed to provide printing services for Copac, the court was told.

He also did that without first seeking approval from SPB. According to state papers, Marunda showed “favour” in contracting African Legend Investments at the expense of other companies which have the capacity to do the job.

Magistrate Tshuma released Marunda on $500 bail.

He will be back in court on October 19. - Tendai Kamhungira

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