POLITICIAN Jacob Ngarivhume believes the communication strategy employed by the main opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) needs an overhaul.
In particular, Ngarivhume castigated the use of catchy hashtags which only excite supporters without delivering much in terms of handing the opposition an advantage on the real political ground.
The latest CCC hashtag #FakaPressure, has been trending but Ngarivhume wants the opposition to graduate to more meaningful means of political messaging, saying Zimbabwe needed better.
“I’m sorry but Faka Pressure won’t cut it any more. We need to be better communicators in a time of crisis!” he said.
CCC critic and former Minister Professor Jonathan Moyo jumped in to support Ngarivhume, adding that elections were already beckoning while Chamisa was not being proactive. Moyo cited the case of Chamisa’s loss of party name to Douglas Mwonzora, saying it should have been a wake-up call but the opposition leader appears to not have learnt anything about political preparation.
“The Supreme Court judgment that dismantled Nelson Chamisa’s MDC-A was on 31 March 2020. That was two years ago, three, before the 2023 elections.
“Less than 12 months before the elections, Chamisa is still consulting with no ideology, no values, no constitution and no structures!”
Moyo further warned opposition CCC supporters that Chamisa’s strategies were only taking them down a garden path and would deliver a crushing loss in the upcoming elections.
“If you desperately want get up North as soon as possible; it would be foolhardy to have as your best bet; someone who is facing north – and is making lots of noise about going North – when in point of empirical and verifiable fact he is moving backwards and retreating down South,” said Moyo.
This comes as street preacher and prominent critic of Zimbabwe’s government, Apostle Talent Chiwenga, has declared the 2023 election as done and dusted saying Chamisa has already lost.
Citing his reasons, Chiwenga said Chamisa was never the best leader for opposition politics in Zimbabwe as he is “soft and cowardly”, adding that Chamisa does everything possible to avoid being arrested.
Chiwenga argues that merely tweeting for Sikhala’s release would never work and Chamisa must be a leader who calls for protests and actually leads from the from.
Chiwenga adds that Chamisa is immature and childish politician who wants power but is not prepared to fight for it, preferring to hide behind brave opposition leaders like Sikhala while he focuses on Twitter.
As a stinging remark, Chiwenga says Chamisa will lose in 2023 and the CCC would better be served by Job Sikhala who “is a better leader, and who leads from the front”.