By Shami Makombe
OPPOSITION gladiator Nelson Chamisa announced the dumping of the MDC Alliance party name and symbols saying his new party name is Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).
This was after the opposition leader had dispatched a team of top officials to ZEC to advise of the imminent name change and attendant issues.
Both Chamisa and the Citizens Coalistion for Change spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere yesterday bemoaned that the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) delayed the press conference meant to announce the new party name by making “unreasonable” demands.
Mahere earlier on said the presser, set for Bronte Hotel in the Avenues in Harare, was being delayed due to “technical issues” the the elections management body was raising yesterday afternoon.
“There has been a delay in the start of our press conference due to technical issues being raised by ZEC. As soon as these are ironed out, the press conference will commence,” Mahere said in the afternoon.
However, it has since emerged that while the electoral management body does not register political parties but simply receives notifications upon formation of new parties, officials at ZEC wanted a copy of the new party’s constitution. But Chamisa’s team did not have such a document with them
The presser then kicked off after the delay, and Chamisa highlighted that the ZEC was unwilling to accept that the new party had nothing to do with the MDC Alliance tag.
“The delay of the press conference was occasioned by the ZEC. This afternoon, we approached Zec to give them what they did not expect,” Chamisa said.
Chamisa said ZEC had demanded the new party’s constitution. The document will be sent to ZEC later on, Chamisa revealed, without providing further detail.
“We are not approaching Zec as the MDC Alliance, we are approaching Zec as a new organisation. They kept on insisting that look, we know you as MDC Alliance, we said: ‘Who are you to tell us who we are’?
“We are a new organisation. Anybody launches their party anytime in terms of the laws of this country, and so for that reason, we are coming as a new entity, with a new leadership, with new values and new structures.
“Alas, they insisted that ‘we know you are MDC Alliance, tell us you are rebranding’. We are not rebranding. If you know MDC as a brand, please dine with those you have given MDC Alliance. We are a new party, nothing to do with the past, nothing to do with yesterday, we are starting afresh.”
Chamisa added: “They (Zec) wouldn’t take it. They had meeting after meeting with our senior leadership. We have given them our new logo, we have given them our new name, and we have given them our new leadership and our new thrust.
“Everything else we have given them in terms of the dictates of the law, and so we are expecting them to