Nelson Chamisa who leads the newly-formed Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) has criticised vindictive politics by the ruling ZANU PF which he claimed forced former cabinet ministers including Saviour Kasukuwere and Professor Jonathan Moyo to skip the country’s borders.
Chamisa made the remarks while speaking to dozens of CCC supporters who attended the party’s rally held at Mkoba, Gweru to mobilise for votes ahead for the 26 March by-elections and 2023 harmonised elections.
Chamisa said when he is in power, he will make sure that Zimbabweans in the diaspora come back “and enjoy in the new Zimbabwe.” He added:
I don’t agree with Kasukuwere on many issues, but he should not be scared to come back home. Jonathan Moyo is now in Kenya. They should not be scared for their lives.
Many former government officials including Kasukuwere (former Local Government Minister), Moyo (former Information Minister), Walter Mzembi (former Tourism Minister), and Patrick Zhuwao (former Youth Minister) fled the country following the ouster of the late former President Robert Mugabe.
They feared retribution from President Emmerson Mnangagwa whom they had “fought with” for years as factional wars in the ruling party reached their climax.
Mnangagwa led the Lacoste faction whilst the individuals above belonged to the Generation 40 (G40) allegedly led by former first lady, Grace Mugabe. The factions wrangled in Mugabe’s last days in office as they sought to assert their control of the party.