The opposition CCC does not intend to hold an elective congress before the 2023 harmonised elections, a party official has said.
Speaking in an interview with NewZimbabwe.com on Friday, CCC interim deputy spokesperson Gift Siziba said the party will have a people’s convention, and not a congress. Said Siziba:
Our roadmap and path to power have no congress in it, not just in form and character or practice.
We are not holding a congress, the nomenclature of a congress does not exist (in our vocabulary).
What if we are going to have a national people’s convention or an assembly, we are not going to have a congress that belongs to ZANU PF, MDC Alliance and other political formations. It does not exist in the CCC.
It is the headquarters of ZANU PF and the CIO who in their imagination think we are going to have a congress so they deploy their people.
We know there are people planning, there is no vacancy in the alternative, and there is no programme for political power.
We have no political programme around what people might term a congress.
Political commentator Pedzisai Ruhanya argued that CCC should focus on building party structures from the grassroots level before holding an elective congress. Ruhanya said:
While CCC is solidifying its branches in communities, and rural hinterlands, the call for CCC congress is fundamentally an elite matter not a party grassroots-based matter.
[Nelson Chamisa’s] approach to have a process, structural driven party is the right way before congress.
The elites in CCC want congress now before CCC organised its structures, branches, and cells across Zimbabwe. First things first and [Nelson Chamisa] trajectory is correct.
CCC must have thorough grassroots networks, and structures that are functional and then call for that congress/convention.
CCC has been under pressure to hold a congress to elect substantive leadership. It is currently led by interim executives who were transplanted from the MDC Alliance.