Journalist urges Chamisa to accept Sengezo Tshabangu’s proposal

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In a compelling statement, senior journalist Blessed Mhlanga has urged CCC Leader and Presidential Candidate Nelson Chamisa to accept the deal proposed by the party’s Interim Secretary General Sengezo Tshabangu. The proposal calls for a return to constitutionalism within the party and the restoration of leadership elected during its Gweru Congress when it was trading under the name MDC-Alliance. Subsequently, an elective congress would be convened for the selection of new party leadership. Mhlanga emphasized, “I think Nelson Chamisa should accept this deal not because he is weak, but because it’s not about him but the people he represents. Then he goes to congress. You have to lose to win.”

Journalist Hopewell Rugoho-Chin’ono pointed out that, “Sengezo Tshabangu and his team have reached out to senior CCC MPs seeking to resolve their dispute amicably. Tshabangu and his team have clarified that their intent is not to replicate the actions of Douglas Mwonzora with CCC but to compel Nelson Chamisa to steer the party back to a state of constitutional adherence. Some of the leaders who were approached by Tshabangu’s team have confirmed that Tshabangu’s legal representatives also engaged with them, proposing an amicable resolution that would preserve CCC’s integrity and prevent ZANUPF from exploiting internal discord. Their primary stipulations include the return to leadership as elected during the Gweru Congress, a renewed commitment to constitutional principles, and a leadership structure accountable to the party’s constitution. Nelson Chamisa maintains that CCC is a new party, devoid of elected leaders, apart from himself and those he has personally appointed.”

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Nelson Chamisa’s lawyer Advocate Thabani Mpofu weighed in on the matter, stating, “If Tshabangu is indeed part of CCC and has specific demands, he must first consent to the court’s order sought in the High Court before making any such demands. Only after the reinstatement of the MPs can meaningful dialogue take place. Prior to that, negotiating with a party described as ‘terrorist’ should be off the table. If he is associated with ZANU, he is free to continue along that path.”

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