Nelson Chamisa, head of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has advised career politicians inside his party to start their own party if they are dissatisfied with his leadership style.
On Wednesday, Chamisa told CCC Mashonaland East provincial members in Mbuya Nehanda Hall in Marondera that his party was not for career politicians.
His speech seems directed to Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube who have since been abandoned and left with no positions in the party.
“Those who want positions, let me say, form your own party. No one is ever going to form a party stronger than this (CCC),” he said.
The firebrand politician is currently on a nationwide tour meeting provincial executives, receiving reports on the just-ended harmonised elections.
Chamisa has since challenged the August 23-24 election results, which pronounced Zanu PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa the winner. The opposition movement claims the elections were rigged and is calling for new elections.
Chamisa has been accused of ignoring party leaders in favour of young individuals.
“Leading a nation is not about studying books, it is about studying the hearts of the citizens. We are not here for opportunists.
“We are an organised citizens’ movement. We are guided by the citizens. If you had a post in the MDC, it has nothing to do with the current set-up,” he said.
Chamisa said he was not losing sleep over the holding of an elective congress for the party.
“We are not moved about the congress issue, we are not in a rush. We are aware that they think CCC is a structure-less party. If we are a structure-less party, how did we elect mayors, councillors and MPs? If you go to Goromonzi or South Africa, you will see leaders there,” said Chamisa.
Chamisa, who according to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) garnered 44% of the presidential votes against Mnangagwa’s 52,6%, admitted that it was not easy to defeat Zanu PF.
“It was not easy to defeat Zanu PF, they had State institutions support like Zec and army. There was FAZ (Forever Associates Zimbabwe) and they had traditional leaders as the party commissars. The good thing is that, with all that, we won the election,” he said.
According to the Sadc Election Observer Mission report, Zimbabwe elections did not meet local, regional and international standards hence were not free, credible and fair.
Chamisa told the delegates that even if Sadc fails to intervene, God will intervene.