The opposition CCC says it will not be pressured into forming party structures because the formations are “old fashioned”.
CCC was formed in January 2022 but up to now, the Nelson Chamisa Chamisa-led party has no identifiable structures.
ZANU PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa on Thursday told journalists in Harare that CCC has failed to build up support ahead of elections because it does not have structures.
Mutsvangwa also said CCC will split as soon as they hold a congress, just like what happened with the MDC. NewsDay quoted Mutsvangwa as saying:
We (ZANU PF) are going through all the processes to ensure that we are ready for elections. We believe in openness.
Our party is an open field, unlike other parties that complain that they are being constrained by ZANU PF. Surely, we cannot stop them from having a congress.
They are afraid that if they go through that path, they will split again. They have run out of the alphabet splitting; from MDC this, MDC that, now they are going for triple C. Soon they will be going for quad C, decimate C and so on.
In response, CCC deputy party spokesperson Felix Mafa Sibanda told NewsDay that the party will not take advice from ZANU PF on how to successfully run their affairs. Sibanda said:
ZANU PF is worried about a non-event. A party is made up of people; a party without membership is useless.
We have members all over the country and the members are the structures. Who needs structures, they are old-fashioned.
We don’t see why ZANU PF should worry about us to say we should have structures. Why are they interested?
We have people throughout the country, we will win without structures, and we have structures that we know ourselves — these are the people, the membership.
Political analyst Rejoice Ngwenya believes it is imperative for CCC to come up with an administrative and political framework to ensure the effective mobilisation of voters. Ngwenya said:
The old political order is to have a structure that starts from the lowest administrative element up to the presidential level.
It now depends on the way they want to present their brand. So my humble submission is that as a party, it is difficult to mobilise and organise if you don’t have an identifiable administrative and political entity.
Effective mobilisation is based on identifiable administrative and political entities. So it’s important that they have those.
CCC might not have a structure officially, but I think there is a need for some administrative and political framework for mobilising funds, votes and seeking representation at leadership level.