Sengezo Tshabangu Claims CCC Share of Political Funds from Government
Sengezo Tshabangu, the interim secretary general of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has formally requested the government to allocate CCC’s share of political party funds to his stewardship.
Under the provisions of the Political Parties Finance Act, parties that secure five percent or more of the national vote are entitled to a proportional share from the public purse.
Following the recent August elections, only Zanu PF and CCC met the criteria for receiving the grant.
In a letter addressed to the secretary for justice, Tshabangu, on behalf of CCC, directed the government to disburse the funds under his name, citing section 3(1) as read with section 3(3) of the Political Parties (Finance) Act (Chapter 2:33).
The letter outlined CCC’s participation in the 2023 harmonized general election, where the party secured enough seats to qualify for the funds.
“We kindly request your good offices to process and disburse the allocation that is due to our party in terms of the Act,” Tshabangu stated in the letter.
He also provided a CBZ account for the funds to be disbursed and expressed his willingness to provide any additional information required by the authorities.
It is important to note that Tshabangu’s move comes amid controversies within CCC, including his recent orders to recall over a dozen CCC Members of Parliament and some councillors.
Despite these internal challenges, CCC is pushing forward with its formal request for the disbursement of the political parties grant.
The government introduced the Political Parties Finance Act as a response to concerns that certain opposition parties were receiving funding from foreign governments and organizations.
The Zanu PF-led government viewed such donations to opponents as potential avenues for foreign forces to unconstitutionally influence leadership change in the country.
The government has yet to respond to Tshabangu’s request for the allocation and disbursement of CCC’s share of political party funds. The outcome of this request and its potential impact on CCC’s internal dynamics remains to be seen.