Nelson Chamisa Claims Consultations with SADC Leaders on Zimbabwe’s Political Situation
Nelson Chamisa, the leader of the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC), has stated that he is being consulted by leaders from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) regarding the resolution of Zimbabwe’s current political deadlock following the disputed general election.
Speaking during a CCC provincial council meeting in Chinhoyi, Chamisa asserted that despite intimidation and alleged rigging techniques employed by the ruling Zanu PF-aligned Forever Associates of Zimbabwe (FAZ), he emerged as the true winner of the presidential election.
Chamisa emphasized that the greatest achievement of the recently concluded harmonized elections was the ability to shed light on the longstanding issue of contested poll outcomes in Zimbabwe over the past four decades since independence. He claimed to have convinced SADC that the electoral process in Zimbabwe is problematic, describing it not as an election but as a war. Chamisa revealed that he engaged in an extensive video conference call with SADC officials, who sought his input on resolving the political impasse resulting from the widely criticized elections.
The CCC leader expressed his belief that the people of Zimbabwe are resolute in their demands for a legitimate election that truly reflects their decision on national leadership, rather than the chaotic circumstances witnessed in the country. Chamisa disclosed that the CCC has submitted a comprehensive dossier outlining the proposed path forward to SADC and other institutions, expressing optimism that their struggle will ultimately succeed, leading to his inauguration as the country’s leader. He urged his supporters to remain patient as efforts to dismantle President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration continue.
After the meeting at the party’s offices, Chamisa paid tribute to the late Ward 2 Councillor Patricia Chibaya in Chinhoyi’s Hunyani suburb. Describing her as an exceptional leader who brought people together, he mourned her passing and expressed his respect and admiration for her influential and dignified leadership qualities. Councillor Chibaya will be laid to rest at Chemagamba Cemetery on Saturday.