Knives out for Hwende

Innocent Mujeri

The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) Interim Secretary General Charlton Hwende’s political life is hanging by a thread following his assertion that its high time Africa ends US dominance.

In a tweet last week, Hwende said Africa must continue to push for the one African dream which would usher in a new African currency and ditch the American dollar.

“Brother Leader (Gaddafi) killed for advocating for the unity of Africans (United States of Africa) and a common African currency. We must continue pushing for these dreams and end the dominance of the US,” tweeted Hwende last week.

However, a source who spoke to this publication said Hwende’s tweet elicited backlash from that party’s western allies who alleged that the CCC had lost its way by antagonising its western handlers.

The source revealed that CCC leader Nelson Chamisa was called by the US Embassy in Harare to clarify Hwende’s tweet and in turn Chamisa strongly reprimanded Hwende for having views contrary to the ideology of CCC.

“The US Embassy in Harare was not pleased by Hwende’s tweet. They called Chamisa and told him to reign in Hwende or else the party would lose support from the US Government. Chamisa later fumed at Hwende and warned him that he risks being chucked out of the party if he continues to harbour views contrary to the party,” said the source.

The same source added that some people in CCC where now exploiting Hwende’s tweet to call for his ouster as the interim Secretary General of that party.

“Some people within the party are now capitalising on Hwende’s mistakes and are now pushing for his ouster from the position of SG. There is a plan to write a petition to Chamisa demanding that he removes Hwende from the position of SG,” said the source.

The source added that Hwende can be recalled from his position as Chamisa was now incensed by his missteps including being a key member of the Maruva cabal that was pushing for the ouster of Chamisa as leader of the then MDC Alliance.

Efforts to get a comment from Hwende were futile as his mobile phones were not reachable.