CCC leader Nelson Chamisa said the clamour by some critics for the party to have formal structures before the 2023 elections has nothing to do with the citizens’ agenda and therefore a non-issue.
Speaking in an interview with The NewsHawks recently, Chamisa said CCC is introducing a new brand of politics that puts citizens first. He said:
It is a dead issue, a non-issue really. We are introducing fresh politics and new culture and, of course, it will have a new structure carrying within it new strategies.
Those who believe in old ways will get lost in locating the new us.
The new is centred around the citizens. This is not from the ordinary citizens, but from other quarters and those quarters are detached from reality and those quarters are detached from citizen struggles.
… I don’t have a political party, l lead a movement of the citizens. In my leadership of the citizen movement, we are not panicking but concerned. We will be able to deal with these issues.
Some political commentators say CCC should have solid structures for it to seriously compete with ZANU PF and also show that it is ready to govern.
Self-exiled former ZANU PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo has been one of the most vocal proponents of structures and has suggested that CCC should be banned from contesting elections if it doesn’t have formal structures.
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