Chamisa, leader of the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC), has formally approached the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) requesting the prohibition of Sengezo Tshabangu from utilizing Chamisa’s facial image.
Tshabangu, a CCC activist hailing from Matabeleland North Province, asserts himself as the party’s interim secretary general and has initiated the removal of numerous Members of Parliament and councillors, contending that they are no longer affiliated with CCC.
On December 18, Tshabangu publicly endorsed his candidates for the February 3 by-elections using CCC symbols, prominently featuring Chamisa’s visage. Chamisa and his supporters contend that Tshabangu is an imposter, asserting that the role of secretary general is nonexistent within the party.
Since the establishment of CCC on January 22, 2022, reports suggest that Chamisa has experienced disagreements with fellow members of the MDC Alliance party, including Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube, Job Sikhala, and Chalton Hwende.
Accusations against Chamisa include accusations of personalizing CCC, displaying dictatorial tendencies, and sidelining long-serving party stalwarts in favor of former student leaders perceived as less threatening to his leadership.