Bulawayo — Top Citizens Coalition For Change Officials Welshman Ncube, Tabitha Khumalo and David Coltart have castigated CCC leader Nelson Chamisa, accusing him of attempting to personalize the people’s movement following his dissolution of the entire national executive leaving himself sorely in charge of the party.
This comes after the three CCC leaders snubbed Chamisa’s 3 consecutive rallies name in Highfields, Gokwe and Kwekwe respectively in a space of 7 days and their absence was not explained. It is clear now that the three are busy trying to popularize their old political outfit MDC Green ahead of the 2023 general elections with Ncube as their Presidential candidate.
This angered some CCC leaders including Tendai Biti and Charlton Hwende who proposed disciplinary measures within the party to ensure elected leaders don’t take the electorate’s trust for granted.
The absence of the three from the rallies has left Zimbabweans guessing whether this is a way of protesting against CCC tribal politics.
Also missing from these crucial events were the party’s executives including James Sithole, Swithern Chirowodza and Tsepiso Mpofu all from Bulawayo.
In an interview, Welshman Ncube told off Chamisa for attempting to impose himself on the people by making the party his personal project something he said has created rifts in the party.
“We will not allow you to hijack the people’s project, because this entire thing lies with the sovereignty of people of Zimbabwe,” he said.
“Now the riddle has been solved. We have now realized how we lost the 2018 elections to Mnangagwa. He (Chamisa) is the problem and is no better than Mnangagwa himself, how could he dissolve the entire national executive at a critical moment like this when the party is facing these crucial by-elections,” Welshman Ncube claimed.
He repeated his claims that Zimbabweans would not bow to pressure to elect a puppet leader whose responsibility will be to protect the interests of some few individuals and some foreigners at the expense of millions of ordinary citizens.
“Zimbabweans want to elect individuals who will take the country to the next level in terms of development. They are not interested in a puppet whose work will be to protect the interests of few people,” said Ncube.
In the recent past, Khupe and Bhebhe who were fierce critics of Welshman Ncube have reportedly changed tune and vowed to back Ncube’s Presidential aspirations in 2023.
In an interview, Khupe stated that leaders in Matebeleland would rally their supporters behind the leadership of Welshman Ncube, arguing he had what it takes to lead the country when the times comes.
“Who could imagine that I could meet and work with Ncube after being on the other side of the Opposition? What happened is now water under the bridge. It’s now a point of no return,” Khupe stated.
“We can’t stop an idea whose time has come. 2023, it’s Welshman Ncube. We want to assure you of our support when that time comes,” she added.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Thokozani Khupe left the MDC T of Douglas Mwonzora and went ahead to declare his support for Welshman Ncube.
“I have been in opposition for over 20 years and l am tired of being there. A friend in need is a friend indeed. There is no need to waste time but support Welshman Ncube,” Khupe stated.