WATCH LIVE as Gambakwe Media looks at the sudden u-turn by CCC President, Nelson Chamisa, who is refusing to hold elective conferences.

Chamisa, and those closest to him. Such as popular award winning Zimbabwean journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono, argue that:

1. A congress is divisive ahead of the 2023 elections.

2. A congress will allow ZANU-PF to infiltrate CCC.

3. A congress is not necessary because the party is only too new.

4. ZANU-PF must hold their congress first.

 

The CCC congress has became topical because Chamisa promised that leaders of the party will be chosen by the people after the by-elections.

Various prominent commentators have weighed in on the issue in recent days :

Hopewell Chin’ono

Chin’ono, who is in the camp aligned which favors Fadzayi Mahere as Vice President, has advised Chamisa not to hold  an elective conference as it will be used to infiltrate CCC.

Alex Magaisa 

Magaisa advised Chamisa to start with an interim constitution, which will guide all processes, whether an elective congress is held or not.

Magaisa said the lack of a constitution means there is no real  CCC.

Prof Jonathan Moyo 

Prof Moyo said holding a congress is non negotiable. He said the fact that there is opposition to the congress means that the CCC has already been infiltrated.

Key Issues at play

The issue of the CCC congress demonstrates clearly the weaknesses of Chamisa that I have been talking about here since 2018.

1. Chamisa is unable to create a system. He relies on popularity and charisma and runs a cult like organisation. He believes in the centralization of power. This is why he is not willing to create a structure which will dilute his power.

2. After the formation of the CCC, Chamisa has been captured by a group that wants to topple the old MDC leadership of Biti, Ncube, Khupe, Bhebhe etc. This new group prefers Fadzayi Mahere as Vice President. However, if a congress is held, Mahere will be challenged and will lose. This group therefore wants Chamisa to make appointments.

3. The new arrivals in the CCC don’t understand how grassroots structures are built. They believe that the party should be built from the top, national. However, what makes parties stronger is building from the cell levels going up.

4. The aversion to a congress demonstrates what will happen if Chamisa was to come into office, there will be a cult like leadership, like that of Mugabe.

Implications of holding and not holding a congress. 

Whichever direction choses, Chamisa will be faced with the consequences in 2023.

The CCC is already showing signs of weak leadership and lack of an Ideology.

A genuine congress will re-define the CCC. Failure to hold the CCC will also re-define the CCC. There is no correct and incorrect approach.

However, if Chamisa wants to beat ZANU-PF in the 2023 elections, holding the congress will be the right thing to do.

Please watch the video above this post for more details.