The Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) is not a violent party and will not take to the streets to demand the release of its deputy chairperson Job Sikhala.
Sikhala, a legislator, has been in remand prison since 14 June on multiple charges including inciting violence, attempting to defeat the course of justice as well as violating bail conditions in previous cases still before the courts.
Thirteen (13) other party activists including legislator Godfrey Sithole are also in Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison over the June violence that erupted in Chiungwiza at the funeral of party activist Moreblessing Ali, a victim of murder.
Chamisa has been accused by supporters of failing Sikhala, Sithole and the imprisoned activists by not resorting to a street protest, even unsanctioned. Addressing thousands of supporters yesterday in Masvingo during a “thank you” rally following party’s victory in the recently held by-elections, Chamisa said his party was not violent and will never engage in any mayhem for the release of the jailed party members.
“We are bringing a different type of politics in this country,” said Chamisa. “Some people have been saying Chamisa tell people to go into the streets for violence because they listen to you. You are the leader, and they will do anything you tell them.
“I said no, God has no confusion, He will tell me what to do. Please do not force me to do what I have not been told to do yet.
He added; “I will do the protests when the time is right, I will lead. We are not a violent party. Isu tinofamba naJesu; we do not do violent politics. We only do peace politics, developmental politics, transformation politics.”
Sikhala and Sithole together with the other CCC activists were arrested over the violence which rocked the funeral wake and memorial services for slain party member Moreblessing Ali.
The have been denied bail by the courts repeatedly while a firm of international human rights lawyers which offered to represent Sikhala was reportedly blocked by the Government.
Chamisa said his party party has engaged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and African Union (AU) concerning the abuse of the courts by the ruling Zanu PF party.
“Right now, Sikhala, Sithole and our other members are in prison because they wanted justice for Moreblessing Ali. They do not deserve to be in prison, they must be released, bail is a right for everyone,” he said.
“This shows there is a problem in this country, no one must be in prison if not proven guilty. We respect our courts, but we expect them to be constitutional, we have told SADC and AU that the law is being used for political persecution.”
Chamisa said the problems that have prevented the opposition from taking over power in Zimbabwe remain. These include arrests, detentions, beatings, harassment and alleged partisan security forces that act in favor of the ruling party.
Chamisa on Sunday also repeated accusations that the country’s elections management body, ZEC, plans to rig the upcoming 2023 elections.