UK-based scholar of African politics, Professor Stephen Chan, has disclosed that the British Government will ask him why it is difficult for CCC leader Nelson Chamisa to appoint a structured Cabinet.
Chan recently visited Zimbabwe and met Chamisa but his last-ditch efforts to meet President Mnangagwa were snubbed. But his visit left Chamisa at the mercy of Zanu-PF propagandists who now claim Chamisa is being hand-held by his masters in Britain.
Chan has also been labeled an M16 agent by Zanu PF officials as well aa fierce critic Professor Jonathan Moyo, who is also at odds with Chamisa after three years of close dalliance. Chamisa had been resisting appointing leadership structures but did so a few days after meeting Chan.
However, Chan dismisses assertions that he represents the Whitehall establishment as an agent or any other form. Writing on Twitter Sunday morning, Chan reiterated that his visit to Zimbabwe had nothing to do with Chamisa’s Cabinet, although he would not disclose the purpose of his recent visit.
“I insist that I do not speak for the British Government. I said that I was sure that on my arrival home (in UK), under normal circumstances, I would be asked by the Foreign Office for my analysis. They would ask any scholar of Zimbabwe for this,” Chan revealed.
He was responding to an article penned in the Sunday Mail by Presidential spokesperson George Charamba. In the article, Charamba claimed the CCC had turned into a den of snakes which are devouring each other in an infighting for power.
Charamba further said Chan had mads a bad situation worse as the appointments Chamisa made were causing more tension in the opposition party as the so-called keyboard warriors led by Hopewell Chin’ono were fighting grassroots leaders such as Binga MP Prince Dubeko Sibanda.
But Chan insists that once the politics in Britain has calmed down, he will definitely be asked some questions regarding his assessment of Chamisa’s party. He said:
“… people can put their minds at rest, Britain is not having anything like normal circumstances right now. There is a policy vacuum, ministers are all lame ducks, civil servants are beginning their holiday breaks (if they can tolerate the travel chaos at Heathrow and Dover), and nothing will happen in any sector, except emergency work, until Autumn.
“That is when, hopefully, there will be a new Prime Minister, meaning a new Cabinet (appointing one will the first thing he or she does, it’s the key instrument of any government), and new junior ministers, including a Minister for Africa.
“At that stage, that Minister’s office will likely get in touch and ask now a different question from the one I predicted. Not “who is in the CCC Cabinet?” but “why is it so difficult for Nelson Chamisa to have a Cabinet?” And I will say, “I really don’t know.” And the Minister will say, “but it’s just common sense.”
CCC activists including Chin’ono last week acknowledged that Chan was causing more damage than help to Chamisa’s cause with his relentless tweets. Before meeting Chamisa, Chan had also met Chin’ono in Harare.
With the political terrain heating up ahead of general elections in twelve months, propaganda, lies and denials are in high currency as Zanu-PF’s Emmerson Mnangagwa battles an unyielding CCC.