THE Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), led by opposition leader Nelson Chamisa, is in disarray as primary election runner-up Roki Kamuzonda has chosen to run as an independent candidate. Kamuzonda, the outgoing CCC Masvingo Urban Ward 2 councillor, filed his papers at the nomination court at Masvingo City Council, despite being booed by CCC supporters.
Lawyer Frank Chirairo led the race with 361 votes. Kamuzonda came in second place with 269 votes, while the party’s chosen candidate for Ward 2, Shantel Chiwara, received only 17 votes.
Kamuzonda confirmed his position to The Mirror and vowed to run as an independent candidate. The exact reason for the decision to strip Chirairo of his victory is unknown, but it has caused frustration and confusion among CCC supporters. Kamuzonda’s decision to go independent is likely to further divide the party, which is facing a crucial election.
Chamisa’s CCC has yet to issue a statement regarding the matter, leaving supporters in limbo. The situation is still developing, and further updates are expected as the election draws closer.
The disarray within the CCC is a significant blow to Chamisa’s leadership, as the party aims to secure victory in the upcoming election. The decision to strip Chirairo of his victory has caused many supporters to question the legitimacy of the party’s decision-making process.
The situation highlights the challenges faced by opposition parties in Zimbabwe, where the ruling ZANU-PF party has a firm grip on power. With the election approaching, it remains to be seen how the CCC will respond to the internal strife.