NERA Blocks Sengezo Tshabangu from Signing MOU in Bulawayo


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Writes Edward Makuzva
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe – In a surprising turn of events, the National Electoral Reform Agenda (NERA) yesterday blocked Sengezo Tshabangu from signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in Bulawayo. The MOU was signed by the remaining political parties, primarily based in Bulawayo, who are committed to collectively pushing for electoral reforms.
The principals of various political parties recently signed a NERA MOU in Harare, solidifying their dedication to working together for electoral reforms. However, those who were unable to attend the Harare ceremony gathered yesterday in Bulawayo for another groundbreaking ceremony, where they signed the MOU.
Speaking to the media after the incident, NERA Chairman, Eng. Joelson Mugari, explained the decision to block Tshabangu. He stated, “There was no way we could allow Tshabangu to sign on behalf of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) since he is not the principal.
“He always says Chamisa is his President, so as long as we do not receive any communication from his President authorizing him to sign on behalf of the party, we are not allowing him to sign on behalf of CCC.”
Tshabangu, a self-proclaimed interim Secretary General of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has been recalling CCC Parliamentarians and Councilors from their positions, alleging that they are no longer members of the party.
He has triggered unnecessary by-elections, which have further strained the country’s already burdened finances. This comes at a time when Zimbabwe is grappling with urgent issues such as the cholera outbreak.
The blocking of Tshabangu from signing the MOU raises questions about the internal dynamics within the CCC and the legitimacy of his actions.
As the country faces pressing challenges, political parties must work together towards common goals, including electoral reforms. The incident in Bulawayo serves as a reminder of the need for clear leadership and effective communication within political parties to avoid unnecessary disruptions and expenditures.
The signing ceremony held in Harare a few days ago has resulted in the election of Manyara Irene Muyenziwa, President of the FORUS party, as the NERA convener.