From a Christian point of view, Jesus said His followers ought to rejoice and be glad when insulted and persecuted unfairly. The only credit that cannot be taken away from Adv Nelson Chamisa, is that He remains cool, under unbelievable virulent attacks from various angles. There is nothing wrong with criticisms, as necessary for personal growth. But each criticism ought to be evaluated according to its merit.
There is no doubt that Advocate Nelson Chamisa’s movement has endured an unparalleled onslaught from a brutal governing system. Lately, there have been unbridled criticisms against the leader of the newly formed political party, CCC. The most disturbing condition is that it seems the attacks are coming from those having appeared as critical of the regime. The causes of personal attacks include those viewing Chamisa as not radical enough against the ZANU PF assault.
The elderly people would remember the reason for the formation of ZANU in 1963. The split was caused by those judging that Nkomo was not radical enough, against Ian Smith. The insanity that prevails in most people’s minds is that you have to be incarcerated and treated badly, to be a hero. That mindset can be classified as demonic. Hence the radical ZANU PF turned out to be the enemy of the same people that it purported to liberate.
Initially, as the leader of MDCA, Nelson Chamisa did the unpredictable. He garnered over two million votes, although having emerged from a bruising contestation of the leadership of that party. Not many people had given Chamisa a chance, except his organic supporters, across the country. His academic critics appeared as either displaying jealousness or stuck in assuming that political parties ought to be modelled according to ZANU PF ideological framework.
Before the 2018 elections, the courts ruled in favour of Thokozani Khuphe to take over the MDCT party formation. Hence Nelson Chamisa had to register as MDCA, instead. This was similar to how the ZANU PF party name was adopted by RGM after Rev. Sithole had claimed legitimacy over the ZANU name in 1980.
However, after the 2018 elections, it was Nelson Chamisa’s party that garnered enough votes that could have wrestled power from ZANU PF. Rather than congratulate him for doing well, as a newly formed political outfit, the critics remained adamant in that Chamisa was not good enough.
In May 2019, MDCA later held a highly successful and peaceful congress in Gweru. Since the coup in 2017, there had not been any other party having held a similarly successful congress, in Zimbabwe, except the MDCA. The ruling party is yet to hold its congress after the death of RGM. Without anything to show on the ground, the critics opined that Chamisa was too infantile to lead the country. Even the ED’s known critics found it convenient to direct their vitriol against Chamisa, rather than against ED.
The centre of criticism was that Chamisa was too selfish, and was not willing to join POLAD. It remains unclear as to how Chamisa’s acceptance of POLAD inclusion would have added value in governance. Such a kind of criticism came from Church leaders, but including media channels, the principal of which critic was Gambakwe Media. The controversial SC judgment facilitated the stripping of Chamisa’s ascension to the MDCA party leadership.
Those critics gleefully opined that Chamisa’s political career had been dealt a crushing blow, by the Supreme Court. It remains a mystery, how the legal fraternity justified the stripping of Political Parties Financing, of Chamisa’s party. Chamisa had given ED a formidable run for his money. He lost controversially for the Presidency in that election. The finances that were due to MDCA, including party Headquarters, were technically awarded to the losers.
Gambakwe media was at the forefront, supporting Dr Thokozani Khuphe and Douglas Mwonzora. There may have been various other media channels, supporting the SC judgment, but Gambakwe media was at the forefront. Many people provide a narrative that State Capture caused those legal failures.