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Nelson Chamisa’s Blue Movement is Using (CCC) Structures

Nelson Chamisa has announced his resignation from the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), citing concerns of infiltration by ZANU PF. This decision follows a purge of several CCC legislators from Parliament orchestrated by self-imposed interim secretary-general Sengezo Tshabangu.

In response to Chamisa’s departure, his Blue Movement is leveraging CCC structures to rally support. However, there are apprehensions among political analysts that this new organization might encounter similar challenges as its predecessor.

Former CCC legislators, Amos Chibaya and Ostallos Siziba, are actively engaging grassroots supporters across provinces, informing them of Chamisa’s forthcoming political initiative, which will adopt blue as its identifying color. Reports surfaced indicating discontent among senior opposition figures regarding Chibaya and Siziba’s provincial meetings without their consent.

Recent developments reveal that the duo is utilizing CCC structures to mobilize support for the new movement, despite Chamisa’s disassociation from the CCC.

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An attempt by Chibaya and Siziba to hold a rally at Mkoba Golf Course in Gweru was thwarted by the police. Although the duo applied for the rally using the CCC name and structures, the police, in their prohibition order dated March 9, addressed the conveners as “CCC Midlands Province.”

Stephen Chan, a Professor of World Politics at the University of London, emphasized the importance of Chamisa’s organizational strategy for his future endeavors. Chan suggested that Chamisa’s success hinges on structured planning to avoid infiltration.

Political analyst Rashweat Mukundu highlighted the potential challenges faced by Chamisa’s movement, especially in navigating a politicized judiciary. Mukundu urged Chamisa to establish a new party resistant to infiltration and interference.

Moreover, Mukundu expressed concern over the erosion of democratic political practices in Zimbabwe, emphasizing the need for opposition forces to maintain pressure on ZANU PF and uphold mobilization efforts.

Meanwhile, police in Gweru cited “threats of violence” as the reason for the ban on the rally, underscoring the tense political climate surrounding such events

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