The opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) is embarking on new processes to elect its national leaders, thereby possibly ditching the traditional congresses.
This follows numerous calls by political analysts including exiled former ministers Professor Jonathan Moyo and Walter Mzembirecent who last week urged NelsonChamisa to hold a special congress to launch the party constitution, build structures, elect leadership and come up with an election manifesto.
The party which early this year rebranded from MDC Alliance has insisted that all party members will hold interim positions while it consults citizens.
Political observers, however, raised concerns that the stance would diminish the CCC’s image as a vanguard of democracy.
In an interview with The Independent yesterday, CCC spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said:
The CCC is consulting citizen assemblies throughout all provinces where structures are being built to ensure every street, village and farm is part of a branch.
These are the same citizens in urban and rural areas who were consulted and who pushed for the creation of a brand new political party.
We urge the citizens not to expect old ways from these new wineskins. We commit to doing things differently. Expect the new.
President Chamisa has been anything but silent. He has addressed citizen assemblies, small group meetings, village meetings, and a host of other community and special interest groups.
The clear message has been that CCC is a movement that puts the citizens at the centre of all decision-making and all matters of governance, leadership selection, budgetary priorities, and policy-making.
Mahere said the CCC is a party that champions prosperity, opportunity and protection for all Zimbabweans regardless of their location or status in society.
More: The Independent