BY MOSES MATENGA
OPPOSITION MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa yesterday accused “jittery” Zanu PF and State security agents of hijacking his party’s Citizens Convergence for Change (CCC) project and registering it at the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) under little known politician Varaidzo Musungo.
It is thought that the MDC Alliance had targeted to contest the 2023 general election as CCC after MDC-T’s Douglas Mwonzora laid claim to the MDC Alliance name.
The CCC, which has been trending on social media over the past few weeks as a rallying call for opposition supporters, is the brainchild of MDC Alliance and former Zanu PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo.
Both Chamisa and Moyo yesterday dismissed Zanu PF’s attempts to hijack the project as “desperate moves by a party afraid of elections”.
In a letter to Zec dated September 20, 2021, Musungo’s party secretary-general Farai Zhou said: “We can confirm that our party’s president and 2023 presidential candidate is Ms Varaidzo Musungo. Our party logo (is) as appears at the top and bottom of this letter. In the interests of better communication, we are sourcing offices in Harare and will advise once we have
But Moyo, a formidable political schemer whose ideas have helped Zanu PF before, described the move as an inconsequential Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO)-driven farce.
“The hullabaloo over the purported registration of the Citizens Convergence for Change (CCC) is a farce which exposes the bizarre copycat politics that has gripped the jittery Zanu PF securocrats in the CIO who are dazed by the infectious power of CCC as rallying call for the unity of citizens across the political divide,” Moyo said.
“What exposes the farce even more is that political parties in Zimbabwe are not subject to registration, and hence there’s no law for such registration and, in any event, Zec is not a registrar of political parties,” he said.
“For the avoidance of doubt, an idea belongs to whoever conceptualises it and uses it first and does so in public, in an organised and documented fashion. Only people from Mars do not know that CCC is the intellectual property of the MDC Alliance and has been in existence for far much longer than September 8, 2021 when the Zanu PF and CIO copycats plagiarised the idea.”
In the run-up to the 2018 general election, Moyo threw his weight behind Chamisa’s candidacy, and recently offered to help fund the training of MDC Alliance polling agents on how to guard against vote rigging in the 2023 plebiscite.
MDC Alliance spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said the party was not shaken by Zanu PF’s decision to hijack the idea.
“It’s a non-event. We remain focused on our goal of securing 6 million votes. We are in the middle of a nationwide campaign. We have set in place mechanisms to ensure the vote is protected.”
“The people want change and they know who their leaders are. The citizens are coming together in a broad alliance to win Zimbabwe for change. Efforts to get comments from Zanu PF were fruitless as its leadership was still holed up in a politburo meeting, its highest decision-making organ outside congress,” Mahere said.
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