Political society

Jonathan Moyo steps up attacks on Chamisa ‘secret society’

Exiled former minister Jonathan Moyo has stepped up attacks on the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) for not having structures.

Moyo claimed yesterday that the CCC operates like a secret society due to the lack of structures and a constitution.

“It is a confirmed fact that the CCC is a brand new party with no founding process, no constitution, no structures and no elected leadership. This fact means that the CCC is operating illegally, like a secret society. It is not a dirty tactic of showing that done,” Moyo
tweeted.

In a lengthy Twitter thread recently, Moyo claimed that the CCC’s refusal to be “transparent” about its structures had sparked discussion to register political parties.

When NewsDay contacted CCC Chairman Nelson Chamisa, he referred questions to party spokesman Fadzayi Mahere and his deputy Gift Siziba.

Efforts to get hold of Mahere were in vain as his number was unreachable. Siziba promised to respond after speaking to Mahere, but had not responded as of press time.

Political analyst Rejoice Ngwenya questioned Moyo’s “obsession” with the CCC.

“Moyo’s obsession with CCC structures is curious. Until there is a law that states that political parties must be registered or must have structures, there is nothing to debate.

“Anyone by law can run for political office as long as they are registered to vote. It is not the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) or the CCC that changes the laws. C is the parliament,” Ngwenya said.

“The CCC is not a non-governmental organization governed by the Private Voluntary Organizations Act or the Deeds Act. Its legitimacy is based on the acceptability of Zec as a candidate for election. The Constitution authorizes the association and the assembly, as long as the CCC presents itself as an electoral body and is accepted by the Zec, its legitimacy is cast in stone,” he added.

“The comments point to a person who is ready to be readmitted to Zanu-PF and return home at all costs. In this case, by showing hatred towards Zanu-PF rivals in order to please the party” , said another analyst, Kudakwashe Munemo. .

Section 3 of the Constitution, which declares Zimbabwe to be a “multi-party democratic system”, does not define the nature, functions and rights of political parties.