ZANU PF co-vice president Kembo Mohadi has conceded that the opposition CCC is giving the ruling party “sleepless nights” and has implored party members to work hard to avoid defeat in the 2023 elections.
The former State Vice President made the remarks during an induction workshop for the ruling party’s Matabeleland South leadership in Beitbridge which ended on Saturday, 14 May. He said:
We did not have MDC until 1999 so it came from us.
We were not good shepherds. We lost some sheep in our flock and they have come to haunt us.
If we had listened to the workers, we would not be having this MDC headache.
This opposition party did not exist until 1999…the party has come back to haunt us and cause us headaches.
These lost sheep are giving us sleepless nights.
It’s a daunting task to get rid of them but we should do it through votes.
In reality, the MDC lost its mantle as Zimbabwe’s largest opposition party to Nelson Chamisa’s Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).
Chamisa garnered over 2 million votes as the MDC (Alliance) presidential candidate in the election.
A controversial Supreme Court ruling in 2020, however, nullified Chamisa’s rise to the helm of the party in 2018.
In early 2022, Chamisa and the majority of MDC members launched CCC. The party won 19 of the 28 contested parliamentary seats in the 16 March by-elections with ZANU PF taking the remainder.