The opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) is pushing back against claims that the party is weak, insisting they are ready to take on Zanu PF in August elections.
CCC deputy spokesperson Gift Siziba slammed Jonathan Moyo’s comments that the party is weak, saying “the struggle is real and local.” He told party supporters in Bulawayo that surveys show most Zimbabweans support Nelson Chamisa over Zanu PF’s Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Siziba told the crowd the ballot box is the party’s weapon, not violence. He said jobless young Zimbabweans are looking to Chamisa to improve their situation and that voters would punish politicians who abandoned them after the 2018 elections.
The CCC official vowed to address concerns over candidate imposition and tribalism raised by supporters in areas like Cowdray Park. He said the party would only field candidates that local people want.
While critics continue to doubt the opposition’s strength, CCC insists it represents the aspirations of long-suffering Zimbabweans. The party says it has grassroots popularity that will be reflected at the polls, though analysts warn Zanu PF’s control of state institutions may still hinder a free and fair vote.
Despite the challenges, CCC exudes confidence it can defeat Mnangagwa and the ruling party’s four-decade stranglehold on power. How well they perform on August 23 will reveal if their optimism is justified or merely bluster.