By Phillipa Jaja
Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) president Nelson Chamisa has defended his party’s divisive “structureless” strategy saying it is working and preventing infiltration.
Chamisa this year dumped conventional political organisation and structuring and preferred a “citizen-centric” approach that however has left friends and for baffled.
Even the nomenclature has changed, with some leaders in the ill-defined core around Chamisa being referred to as “change champions” while Chamisa is himself referred to as “Change Champion in Chief”.
Critics say it is a ploy to shore power on himself and a coterie of hangers on, while a section of supporters believe it is a strategy to prevent infiltration and destabilisation by the State.
Writing today on his Twitter page, Chamisa dug in on the divisive approach.
“CITIZENS WIN BIG…THE DOCTRINE of STRATEGIC AMBIGUITY and a STRUCTURELESS STRUCTURE working very well,” he wrote.
“The other side’s investment in infiltration is huge, they are quaking and sweating! Our Candidate credentials and track record vetting will be thorough and meticulous!”
Not everyone will be convinced, though.
Recently, influential journalist torched a storm when he revealed that the party was failing to raise candidates for some areas, apparently because of lack of traditional structural organisation.
A “selection” process by the party to choose candidates has dragged on for over two weeks.
The party slapped back, with spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere accusing Chin’ono of an “evil agenda”.
However, the debate that raged showed deep chasm in the camp.