Exiled former Information Minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo has ignited a social media debate after suggesting that the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) led by Nelson Chamisa needs to establish membership structures.
Moyo also said the party must have a constitution for governance purposes. In a series of Twitter messages seen by Pindula News, the former ZANU PF Member of Parliament for Tsholotsho said:
CCC has a leadership structure with a President, Spokesperson, Treasurer General, etc; but it has no membership structures & has no constitution. Since #CCC seeks power to govern Zim, the public is entitled to know where #CCC leadership has come from & how it’s held accountable?
The issue arises because #CCC says it is not a rebranded political party, but is a brand new political formation. The time has come for Zim to consider registering political parties. Parties with no constitution, no structures & no founding processes should not contest elections!
It is not and it cannot be in the public interest to have a secret society masquerading as a political party, to contest elections for public office. That is just wrong and it has no precedence anywhere in the world. In fact, it is very scary from a societal point of view!
In response to Moyo’s posts, a Twitter account Chatunga @bellagushaz, the name of the son of the late former president Robert Mugabe wrote:
Hanzi Structures na Jonso whilst Chiwenga jumped from the Barrack to the Zanu PF deputy secretary position.
LynneM @LynneStactia also responded:
Phelekezela Mphoko was left with NOTHING under the structures while a fired VP ED Mnangagwa took EVERYTHING via a coup d’etat! The structures FAILED to protect VP Phelekezela Mphoko.
Hopewell Chin’ono, a freelance journalist said citizens are not saying there are no structures, “they are simply saying STRUCTURES are there, but you can’t see them. ZANU PF wants to see CCC structures to prevent what happened in Zambia where HH had invisible structures. INVISIBLE!”
Some say it is the ruling ZANU PF pushing the CCC to have structures so that it can infiltrate the structures and cause confusion while some say structures are important for voter mobilisation and administrative purposes.