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CCC strife intensifies

by Paidamoyo Muzulu
03 Jun 2024 at 03:21hrs | Views
The internal strife over parliamentary posts within the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has intensified, with factions trading accusations and criticizing Speaker Jacob Mudenda for alleged dishonesty.

A CCC faction led by Jameson Timba criticized Mudenda for purportedly spreading falsehoods about the party, leading to the reversal of parliamentary appointments he had made. Timba also accused Welshman Ncube, another faction leader, of being a puppet for Zanu-PF.

These clashes come as Jacob Mafume, the spokesperson for Ncube's faction, condemned self-proclaimed CCC interim secretary-general Sengezo Tshabangu for appointing legislators to various committees without consulting the party leadership.

During a meeting with CCC lawmakers in Harare, Timba denounced the appointments as "unlawful" and a "nullity."

"The Zimbabwean Parliament is now a circus, with Sengezo Tshabangu as the chief puppet, aided by Welshman Ncube and others, with Zanu-PF as the puppet master," Timba said. "Recent events have shown that Zimbabwe is not ready for democracy. Speaker Jacob Mudenda made a judgment without hearing from anyone, falsely alleging that I had made irregular parliamentary appointments."

Timba blamed Tshabangu for the chaos in the opposition after reversing his appointments. Mudenda had reversed the appointment of CCC legislators from Timba's faction as portfolio committee chairpersons, leading to the installation of new MPs aligned with Tshabangu's faction.

Meanwhile, Mafume expressed outrage over the appointments, stating they were made without the involvement of the Ncube-led CCC.

"Following deliberations, the standing committee noted that ongoing engagements with the Speaker of Parliament should continue to rectify the anomaly and ensure the new appointments are legitimate," Mafume said in a statement. "The committee agreed on the need to convene the national executive and national council to review progress in revitalizing and repositioning the party towards a genuine democratic struggle."

Source - newsday