CCC is broke: Biti

Staff Reporter

Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) interim co-vice president, Tendai Biti has confirmed that his party was broke and not able to financially sponsor the upcoming electoral campaigns.

A source who spoke to this publication said that Biti confirmed that his party was bankrupt and would want to see elections postponed for at least two years in order for CCC to get prepared.

“Biti said that the party (CCC) was broke and we are not able to meet our electoral campaigns demands. Very few members are paying their subscription fees and the diaspora remittances have dwindled,” said the source.

According to the source, Biti confirmed that their traditional donors were withholding funding citing disunity within that party and lack of substantive structures. The source added that Biti said that CCC members in the diaspora were no longer financially supporting party programmes as was the case before.

The same source further said that Biti revealed that CCC had no capacity to win the forthcoming 2023 elections and was in support of a Government of National Unity where President Mnangagwa and Chamisa would work together in the same Government.

According to the source, Biti said that it was financially draining to be a CCC candidate as that party was in the habit of not financially assisting its candidates. Biti said that in the March 2022 by-elections, he used almost over US$100 000 to finance his campaign and did not get a refund from his party.

Meanwhile, Biti visited South Africa on 3 February 2023 to source some funds from CCC members in that country. This publication could not establish how much Biti fund raised on that trip.