Review and Mail Writer
The new opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa on Saturday held its first by-election rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo on Saturday.
Last week, the opposition party was mired in potentially dangerous tribal and generational conflict which could weaken it ahead of the elections in 2023.
It was divided over the issue involving a possible return of Thokozani Khupe into the fold after she has been left in the cold by Douglas Mwonzora who now controls MDC-T.
Khupe alongside Mwonzora engineered the latest split in the opposition movement as they muscled out Chamisa grabbing MDC properties and forcing Chamisa to adopt CCC.
However, things have not turned well between Khupe and Mwonzora who have typically gone separate ways and without a home, Khupe has been poised to return to Chamisa’s fold.
This has been supported by a clique of top Matebeleland politicians in and outside the opposition but it has not gone well with Nelson Chamisa’s loyalists and the younger generation.
Writing on his twitter, former Minister of Higher and tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo who hails from Matebeleland accused the CCC for playing divisive politics and undermining the ‘citizen at the centre’ philosophy that the party claims to represent.
Some even went further and played the tribal card and criticised the CCC opposition party accusing it of failing to distinguish itself and resembling the characteristics of the MDC.
Speaking to Review and Mail, political analysts were in agreement that Chamisa needed to stand firm and take authority within the party and prove that the CCC is bigger than individual characters and is a movement of the people which does not look at tribe or race for qualification.
Freeman Bhoso said the divisions in the CCC before Chamisa’s Matebeleland visit were a defining moment for the leader and required him to make bold decisions.
“It’s clear that Welshman and other Matebeleland colleagues want her back. However, this is a defining moment for Chamisa to be bold in protecting the broader national movement rather than have his attention diverted by trivialities. CCC has an opportunity to drop evasive elements who extort the movement based on tribal grounds. Khupe must be allowed to return as an ordinary party card holder,” said Bhoso.
Another analyst Kudakwashe Munemo criticised some of the CCC top leadership for lacking genuine commitment to rebuild the party.
“There is no inclusive and genuine reconciliation without the truth and justice, such a move being fronted largely by the senior leadership is not in the best interest of the party at the moment. It is more premised on personal power dynamics and not necessarily the commitment to rebuild the party and any such settlement may not stand the test of time, only if the CCC senior leadership may learn from historical experiences,” said Munemo.
Despite the speculations that there were possible divisions in the inner CCC leadership over whether to rope in Thokozani Khupe into the party as she has a strong support base in Matebeleland.
However, the CCC leader addressed a packed White City stadium which demonstrated that Chamisa has support in Matebeleland