The Opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has sought to dispel rumours of internal divisions within the party following the recent recalls of Members of Parliament and councillors.
The party’s self-appointed interim secretary general, Tshabangu, withdrew 15 MPs, councillors, and senators, causing concerns about potential fractures within CCC after the gains made in the August elections.
During a press conference, CCC’s deputy spokesperson, Ostallos Siziba, accompanied by the party’s MPs, downplayed any perceived polarization within the opposition party. Siziba acknowledged that disagreements are not uncommon in any organization, citing debates within CCC on colour choices as an example. However, he emphasized that these differences in opinion should not be misconstrued as evidence of fissures within the party.
Siziba stated, “There are no fissures, there are no contradictions, we are a democratic party, we have discourse and we defeat each other at the level of superior logic. Our difference with our opponents is that we do not criminalise holding a different view.”
CCC has been undergoing significant upheaval following the disputed August elections, with reports of discontent among senior members emerging.
Siziba attributed the challenges faced by CCC to an alleged targeting by Zanu PF, the ruling party. He claimed, “This situation you are witnessing is an issue instigated by Zanu PF, attacking the authentic opposition. It is evident that CCC defeated Zanu PF in the election. We reject the election results because we firmly believe this is not just a CCC issue.”
Siziba further expressed the party’s determination to remain focused, stating, “Our objective is to attain political power and govern differently. They do not want people who govern with a difference.”
While CCC faces internal and external pressures, the party aims to navigate these obstacles and maintain its focus on achieving political power and implementing alternative governance strategies.