NORTON – Members of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) in Norton, led by Member of Parliament Richard Tsvangirayi, have expressed their solidarity with party leader Nelson Chamisa, calling for clarity on the way forward after Chamisa officially distanced himself from the CCC.
In a statement released after a meeting with Norton residents, MP Richard Tsvangirayi conveyed the sentiments of the constituency, emphasizing the need for a clear directive from Chamisa on the next steps.
However, the residents and party members in Norton have urged Tsvangirayi and the CCC councillors not to resign until the leader, Chamisa, outlines his future plans.
Zimbabwe opposition leader Nelson Chamisa officially distanced himself from the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party last in a move that took many by surprise.
This decision, conveyed through an announcement on his X account on Thursday, has marked a pivotal development in the country’s political landscape.
Chamisa’s decision to sever ties with the CCC follows the controversial takeover of the party by Sengezo Tshabangu, who declared himself the interim secretary-general in 2023, months after the contentious general elections won by incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zanu PF.
“Today, we met as Norton residents to deliberate on the resignation of Adv. Nelson Chamisa from CCC. The residents have agreed to stand with Adv. Nelson Chamisa. However, Norton agreed that their deployees, the MP and the Councillors, are doing a great job and should remain in Parliament and Council and continue executing their constitutional mandate while waiting for Adv. Nelson Chamisa to announce the next step, as he promised in his statement,” stated Tsvangirayi.
Chamisa’s unexpected decision to distance himself from the CCC has created uncertainty among party members, with many MPs expressing surprise at the lack of prior consultation.
The move has left them in the dark regarding the implications for public representation.
Tsvangirayi preaches unity
While addressing the confusion within the party, Tsvangirayi stressed the importance of unity and continuity in serving the interests of Norton residents.
He stated, “We understand the concerns and questions arising from Adv. Nelson Chamisa’s decision. Our commitment to the people of Norton remains unwavering. We will continue to fulfill our constitutional responsibilities while awaiting guidance on the way forward.”
As the CCC grapples with internal shifts, Norton constituency members await Chamisa’s guidance, hoping for a resolution that ensures the effective representation of their interests in both Parliament and local governance.
The coming days are likely to bring further developments and clarifications from the CCC leadership.