Citizens Coalition for Change strategist and the diaspora based, Alex Magaisa, is up in arms against the party’s co-vice president, Welshman Ncube and Tabitha Khumalo whom he accuses of leaking details of the ongoing Chamisa-Mwonzora coalition talks to the hostile media.
A source who spoke on condition of anonymity told this publication that the two leaders, Chamisa and Mwonzora, have been in series of secret meetings in an attempt to forge a new pact ahead of the 2023 general elections. However, some party big wigs still insist Mwonzora should not be allowed to be part of the CCC machine that cruised to victory in the by-elections.
According to the source, Both Ncube and Khumalo have said they will never work with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change led by Douglas Mwonzora, which recalled parliamentarians and councillors resulting in the holding of by-elections.
The source added that during the emergency National Standing Committee that was held in Harare over the weekend, Thabitha Khumalo, said, “It’s frightening to hear some people suggesting that we should form a coalition with Mwonzora before the next elections. We are where we are today because of Mwonzora and Thokozani Khupe. We can’t work with ZANU PF people. People rejected them long back, they rejected them in the recent by-elections.
“We just had by-elections in which people expressed their feelings. It’s important to have coalitions but people are saying we should not work hand in hand with Mwonzora and (Thokozani) Khupe. We can’t impose what people dislike.”
She said the current tense political situation was caused by Mwonzora and Khupe. “We have a situation where a snake sneaked into the house, swallowed all the kids and when we attempted to kill it we did not finish it off … And now we want it to be part of the family. No! You can’t bandage a snake because when it heals it will bite you.”
The source added Mwonzora has already agreed to be part of the Citizens Coalition for Change on condition that he will be the sole vice president of the party and that his MDC T will share constituencies on a 50/50 basis with the CCC. Mwonzora also said Harare and Bulawayo provinces should be given to the MDC T as another condition, the source added.
In return Mwonzora will bring back Harvest House(MRT House) and other immovable properties, and motor vehicles which he retained by virtue of winning the supreme judgement of March 2020.
Sources privy to the situation have said Welshman Ncube alongside Tabitha Khumalo disclosed all these details to the media in order to jeopardise the coalition talks that have been secretly going on for some time since March 2021.
Daily Monitor has gathered that there is serious infighting going on behind the scenes as a result of the leaks resulting in Magaisa openly calling Ncube and Khumalo ‘moles’ within the CCC. Magaisa also decided to take his fight to the public and tweeted:
“I don’t understand why some leaders interact with dodgy & anonymous characters divulging sensitive information. It’s all very well to want to be seen to be responsive & accountable, but beware of characters whose sole mission is to harvest information for purposes of kompromat!”
I don’t understand why some leaders interact with dodgy & anonymous characters divulging sensitive information. It’s all very well to want to be seen to be responsive & accountable, but beware of characters whose sole mission is to harvest information for purposes of kompromat!
— Alex T Magaisa 🇿🇼 (@Wamagaisa) May 21, 2022
According to insiders, the idea of forging a coalition comes after a push by their Western donors who suggested that MDC boss Douglas Mwonzora and Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) leader Nelson Chamisa should put their differences aside and work together in order to stand a chance against ZANU PF next year.
Opposition MDC-T leader, Senator Douglas Mwonzora also confirmed the meetings adding that he is open to the idea of working with the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa adding that the condition is “their attitude towards us.” He made the remarks during a press conference at the Morgan Tsvangirai House formerly Harvest House.
“The MDC has always said that it is prepared to work with all progressive forces for the total liberation of our people, for the total democratisation of Zimbabwe. Regarding specifically working with Advocate Chamisa and his team, a lot depends of course on them and their attitude towards us.” Mwonzora added.
Speaking on the loss in the past by-elections, Mwonzora said the party will go back to the drawing board and re-strategise. He said they got their strategy wrong. He said:
Lionel Messi misses a penalty. Maradona misses a penalty. So strategists can get strategies wrong as well.
We are also going to look at other things like messaging, the particular strategy we adopted in this election which is different from the strategy we have used traditionally. We got our strategy wrong.
Political commentators – Nhlanhla Moses Ncube and Effie Dlela Ncube, agreed that it’s important for all opposition parties to form coalition ahead of the 2023 general elections, noting that it will be difficult for the MDC-T and CCC to work together in an attempt to unseat ZANU PF