Freelance journalist Hopewell Chin’ono has challenged opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) prospective MPs and councillors to do more to mobilise the electorate ahead of the 2023 elections.
Chin’ono bemoaned the relaxation of the opposition party amid reports that since the last election, only 109 405 have registered to vote despite the fact that about 2 million youths turned 18 between 2018 and 2022. He said on Twitter:
The truth is that @CCCZimbabwe prospective MPs and Councilors are doing very little to motivate the youths. Serious politicians reach the youths via Tik-Tok, but non of our lot is there. They don’t care because they are targeting urban areas where they are guaranteed to win.
They will win these urban seats and wards but with small margins affecting the Presidential vote. But for most of them they don’t care because parliament is a job, and not service. If @nelsonchamisa doesn’t do something drastic, he will lose because of his team’s failure!
@CCCZimbabwe should be a citizen movement which throws away the “…we were there when it started…” nonsense which has crept into CCC from the old MDC. We are not fighting for useless candidates to replace a group of useless ZANUPF MPs & councilors. Zimbabwe needs REAL CHANGE
We are not interested in photographs of prospective MPs and Councilors in communities, we want to see the numbers of registered voters going up. @HHichilema didn’t post pictures at all, we saw the registered voters going up and we knew that it meant change was coming to Zed!
Any prospective or current MP or Councilor who doesn’t want to hear this truth is not only USELESS, but as bad as ZANUPF. Citizens should not babysit old people and be afraid to call them out! We are fighting for a better Zimbabwe & not to help people to the feeding trough!
While CCC targets 6 million votes and ZANU PF is targeting 5 million, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) reported that just over 5.8 million Zimbabweans had registered to vote as of 10 June 2022, an increase from 5.6 million in April.