HARARE – Sengezo Tshabangu, the self-imposed interim secretary general of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has sparked controversy once again after reportedly appointing himself as a Senator following a series of unpopular recalls of CCC legislators and councillors.
The move comes amidst a backdrop of internal turmoil within the opposition party, with Tshabangu at the center of the storm.
Despite criticism and opposition from within the party ranks, Tshabangu has solidified his grip on power, culminating in his elevation to the Senate.
According to a notice issued by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC), Tshabangu’s name appeared on a list of politicians slated for appointment to the upper house.
The Chief Elections Officer of ZEC, Utoile Silaigwana, confirmed the Tshabangu’s impending appointment, alongside former legislator Kucaca Phulu.
Tshabangu’s ascent to the Senate follows a series of controversial recalls of elected CCC MPs and councillors, which he claims were imposed by former CCC leader Nelson Chamisa.
Chamisa’s abrupt departure from the party last month, citing infiltration by adversaries, further intensified the power struggle within the CCC.
In response to mounting criticism, Tshabangu defended his actions, asserting his authority as the interim secretary general tasked with steering the party through turbulent times.
However, his unilateral decisions and consolidation of power have raised concerns about internal democracy and transparency within the CCC.
The appointment of Tshabangu to the Senate is likely to deepen divisions within the opposition party and fuel speculation about his motives and ambitions.
Critics argue that his actions undermine the principles of democratic governance and accountability, further eroding public trust in the political establishment.
As the self-imposed CCC interim secretary general prepares for his swearing-in ceremony, the CCC faces a critical juncture in its history, with the integrity and credibility of its leadership under scrutiny.
The outcome of these internal power struggles will have far-reaching implications for the future of opposition politics in Zimbabwe, shaping the country’s democratic trajectory in the years to come.