Populism costing CCC

Kaelin Choto

There are concerted efforts by Nelson Chamisa and company to present their project Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) as having hit the ground running and all-encompassing as suggested by its name. Ideally, this is a normal quest, but too many a time people who are this thirsty often get poisoned as they drink from every cup handed over to them.

It has been a good month since CCC was birthed and the leadership is still dithering over its ideological position, better still a constitution. In essence, the ship is currently on autopilot and hoping on snowballing like-minded individuals to grow its numbers.

All this complacent behavior, reckless as one might say come at a time Chamisa is battling for supremacy over arch enemy, Douglas Mwonzora the MDC-T leader, while at the same time entertaining delusional hopes of removing ZANU PF from power. It is like getting the glimpse of the obvious to reiterate that an elaborate game plan is imperative under these circumstances, but here we have an all-knowledgeable Chamisa flying blind.

As it stands, there is deafening silence from the usual MDC-T backers; the trade unions sector largely represented by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Union (ZCTU) which happens to be the founding organization for the original MDC. Only lone voices of Chamisa’s international handlers such as the United States Embassy in Harare appear to know where their lap dog is taking the project or are in charge so to say.

The epicenter of this lack of vision manifests in the violence that is rocking the CCC currently. There are no clear cut ideologies as to what this party wants to achieve and its partners or at least a governing document to execute its plan of action.

Surely when one says citizens convergence, it certainly means every Tom and Jack can swing along. This has been evident throughout its rallies where the youth featured on most pictures drinking opaque beer and visibly drunk. The fairer gender was equally represented as women performed obscene dance moves. At its infancy, Chamisa perceived this as a euphoria for the convergence; but the consequences are now hitting hard leaving him with one option which is to blame ZANU PF for orchestrating the violent acts particularly the recent one witnessed in Kwekwe.

Regardless of how a politician is phantom liked by a legion of fans, that is no reason to disregard security. The CCC often blames the Police when they indicate that they are short staffed to cover a rally. Numbers capacitate them to conduct thorough searches on every individual that enters the venue of a rally. Objects such as ball point pens, pocket knives and anything that can be turned into a weapon should not be allowed in the venue. The same goes with alcohol.

As mentioned before, Chamisa has many enemies inside his organization, from where he came from the MDC-T and its various manifestations. It was just a matter of time before someone realized the laxity and the fact that his project isn’t ideologically clothed to say the least.

An oldage goes, ‘never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake’; but at times the mistake can cost even those that share the same habitat with the village fool.  Chamisa certainly needs Government to manage his clowns by way of tight security which includes strict sanctioning of their gatherings which they often mistake as a clamp down by the police.  His advisor, Professor Jonathan Moyo is on record saying that ‘there is no democracy that allows same room for both the Nazis and the Christians.’ How Chamisa is missing such an obvious point is equally baffling.

Empirically, CCC ought to state categorically its target audience and skip cheap politicking by trying to accommodate goons and social misfits unless the violence is aiding in the amplification for its donor funds calls, as the coffers are reportedly running on empty.