Freelance journalist and government critic, Hopewell Chin’ono has refuted claims that the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) was the main opposition in Zimbabwe saying it is the MDC led by Douglas Mwonzora was the main opposition instead.
He made the remarks while defending the view that CCC leader Nelson Chamisa did not appoint a Shadow Cabinet but merely spokespersons for particular portfolios in Parliament. He said:
The biggest opposition in parliament is MDCA/T that is why Nelson Chamisa couldn’t appoint Wiwa or Rusty. The law is what matters regardless of whether we agree with how we got there or not. Unless if he said he is ignoring the law as a defiant stance, which is another matter… Shadow cabinet is a British creature whose home is the main opposition, not all opposition parties. Chamisa who studied Political Science knew this, that is why he called his appointees Spokespeople!… My point is that the Westminster system only has ONE Shadow Cabinet and not 2 or more. The party with more MPs has a Shadow Cabinet… There is a Shadow Cabinet & Parliamentary Spokespersons as Nelson Chamisa correctly called them! The shadow cabinet is made up of senior members of the main opposition party in parliament & not every party. Let’s stick to facts… technically CCC is not the official opposition so it can’t have a Shadow cabinet. It has Spokespersons and Chamisa understood this very well not the propaganda that we have been seeing on Twitter. Nero’s terminology is correct… For the avoidance of doubt, a country with 3 political parties in parliament will ONLY have 1 shadow cabinet, not 2. The biggest opposition in parliament, in our case MDCA, will have a Shadow cabinet, all the other parties will have spokespersons!
Chin’ono said this was the case in Britain whose system of governance Zimbabwe was using.