Nelson Chamisa has reportedly been unanimously nominated to stand as the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC)’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections.
Chamisa is the founding leader of the party and his allies have described him as the party’s “best foot” to challenge ZANU PF leader, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, for the second time after narrowly losing the race in 2018.
The opposition party held its candidates’ selection process Wednesday after it adopted a citizens-centred selection process, whereby candidates were selected based on consensus by the electorate.
Speaking at a press conference in Harare, CCC deputy spokesperson Gift “Ostallos” Siziba said:
It is without doubt president Chamisa is the candidate of choice as confirmed by the momentum by ordinary people ahead of our nomination tomorrow (today).
A CCC membership group in China tweeted:
FROM THE EAST. There is a resounding and, or significant accord that advocate @nelsonchamisa should serve as the presidential candidate for the Citizens Coalition for Change. He still stands out as the best candidate moving forward.
The party announced its candidates’ selection panel for all provinces, which were led by human rights defender Rashid Mahiya. The panel included members from various organizations and sectors such as ZINASUu, women’s activism, churches, CSOs, and residents’ associations, as well as a lecturer and a person with disabilities/legal background.