Centre News Reporter
CITZENS Coalition for Change (CCC), has ostensibly thrown in the towel in its bid to address Masvingo urban’s double candidates mess in Ward 4, after the candidate who had been asked to stand down continued to defy party orders.
There has been a prolonged stand-off between Aleck Tabe and ThokozileMuchuchuti, who both successfully filed their nomination papers under CCC ticket in the same ward.
After several engagements attempting to address the matter, CCC, national leadership requested Muchuchuti to step down, declaring Tabe as the official candidate of their party.
Defiant Muchuchuti has remained adamant and refused to step down arguing that she was rigged and will stand as the candidate for the same party in the polls due in 3 weeks’ time.
The Militant CCC lady has since designed and splashed her posters with the party logo and leader Nelson Chamisa’s picture around precast walls and trees in ward 4.
The move has left CCC supporters in the ward confused over which candidate to vote for on polling day.
CCC party in Masvingo, have in a counter move, designed a poster with official candidates for the four wards to hold by-elections, which included Tabe and omitted Muchuchuti.
The other CCC candidates in ward 3, 5 and 7 are Rocky Kamuzonda, Daniel Mberikunashe, and Richard Musekiwa respectively.
CCC deputy spokesperson, Gift Ostallos Siziba, referred questions to the provincial secretary for elections, Godfrey Madzikanda, or the provincial chairperson, Senator Misheck Marava whose mobile was unreachable.
However, Madzikanda said he was not better positioned to speak for the party.
“He (Siziba) is the one who should have commented on the issue since he is party deputy spokesperson,” said Madzikanda.
Political analyst, Dr. Thomas Dhuze, said the tumult in ward 4 could spell danger for the newly formed party CCC as this is likely going to split votes and give an upper hand to their bitter rivals, the ruling Zanu PF party.
“The commotion in ward four will certainly split votes for CCC to the advantage of Zanu PF which could spring a surprise and snatch the seat has lost since 2000,” said Dhuze.
CCC faces the same dilemma in Bulawayo where two candidates successfully filed their papers on the nomination and have refused to stand down for each other.
It is alleged that Mpumelelo Moyo, has rejected to pave way for former ward 26 Councilor, Norman Hlabani, who was recalled by MDCT leader, Douglas Mwonzora, sometime last year.