The Citizens Coalitions for Change (CCC) has denied rumours circulating on social media suggesting plans for an upcoming elective congress aimed at removing party leaders perceived as a threat to Nelson Chamisa’s leadership.
According to Amos Chibaya, the interim national organizing secretary, there is currently no such congress in the works. Chibaya clarified that the party is currently focused on parliamentary matters and will not be rushed into holding a congress.
Chibaya stated, “I am not even aware of the congress. I saw it on social media platforms, and I have been asked about the issue several times, but there is nothing like that at the moment. We are busy in Parliament now.”
He also addressed the issue of recalls of party members, mentioning the party’s legal approach and refraining from further comment until the legal process unfolds.
Recent claims made by former Zanu PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo stirred controversy on social media when he alleged that Chamisa was organizing a “crash congress.” Moyo suggested that the party was actively seeking funds for the congress and ensuring its successful execution.
Accusations have been levelled against Chamisa, claiming that he intends to remove senior party members, including former Finance Minister Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube, due to their alleged disapproval of his leadership style. Critics have accused Chamisa of running the party single-handedly and avoiding an elective congress since the party’s formation in January of the previous year.
The CCC has reportedly been conducting its meetings discreetly, fearing infiltration from both state security agents and the ruling Zanu PF party. The opposition party has experienced internal divisions following the recall of 15 Members of Parliament and 17 councillors by self-proclaimed interim Secretary-General Sengezo Tshabangu. Tshabangu’s actions have purportedly garnered support from some senior party members.