Job Sikhala resigns from CCC, calls for National Democratic Convention

Zimbabwean opposition stalwart Job Sikhala announced his resignation from the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party on Thursday, citing infiltration by ZANU PF and dubbing the party a "carcass."

HARARE – In a significant political move, Zimbabwean opposition stalwart Job Sikhala announced his resignation from the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party on Thursday, citing infiltration by the ruling ZANU PF and dubbing the party a “carcass.

Sikhala, a former lawmaker who recently emerged from nearly two years of incarceration, declared his intention to spearhead a nationwide consultation process aimed at mobilizing Zimbabweans for democratic change.

Addressing reporters at a press conference held at SAPES Trust in Harare, Sikhala emphasized the people-driven nature of the mass democratic struggle, urging citizens to unite in the fight for freedom, dignity, and prosperity.

“The mass democratic struggle is people-driven and owned. Every struggle waged throughout the world has succeeded when people own it. The masses must own the next decisive stage of our struggle,” he asserted.

Undeterred by threats to his safety from adversaries, Sikhala outlined his vision for a comprehensive consultation process involving diverse groups such as workers, students, farmers, churches, civil society, and war veterans.

This inclusive approach aims to culminate in a national convention to chart the path forward for Zimbabwe’s democratic aspirations.

“With or without resources, the people shall carry out this most important task in the decisive phase of our history and our people’s struggle against tyranny for their freedom, dignity, and prosperity,” he affirmed.

Zimbabwe opposition leader Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole attending the court in Harare, Zimbabwe on Wednesday 24th January 2024.
FILE: Zimbabwe opposition leader Job Sikhala and Godfrey Sithole attending the court in Harare, Zimbabwe on Wednesday 24th January 2024.
Sikhala taking the risk

Detailing the proposed consultation process, Sikhala emphasized its grassroots nature, starting from the village level and progressing through wards, districts, and provinces.

Representatives from various constituent bodies will oversee this process, ultimately leading to the convening of the National People’s Democratic Convention.

Sikhala’s departure from the CCC comes amid allegations of ZANU PF infiltration within the party, echoing concerns raised by former CCC leader Nelson Chamisa, who recently distanced himself from the organization, alleging hijacking.

Zimbabwe, beset by enduring political and economic challenges, finds itself at a critical juncture.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa‘s administration faces mounting scrutiny over allegations of human rights abuses and economic mismanagement, heightening the urgency for democratic reform.

Sikhala’s release from custody last week, following over a year of pre-conviction detention, underscores the complex political landscape in Zimbabwe.

Despite his recent conviction on charges of publishing falsehoods prejudicial to the state, Sikhala remains undeterred in his quest for a more democratic Zimbabwe, signaling a new chapter in the country’s political trajectory.

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