Sengezo Tshabangu, the interim secretary general claimant of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), has officially communicated with the government, urging the authorities to allocate CCC’s share of the political parties funds to his stewardship

According to the Political Parties Finance Act, parties that secure five per cent or more of the national vote are entitled to a proportional share from the public purse. Following the August elections, only Zanu PF and CCC met the criteria for receiving the grant.

In a letter addressed to the secretary for justice, Tshabangu, acting on behalf of CCC, directed the government to disburse the funds under his name. The letter cited section 3(1) as read with section 3(3) of the Political Parties (Finance) Act (Chapter 2:33).

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He formally requested the statutory allocation and disbursement of the funding owed to CCC based on its participation in the 2023 harmonized general election, where it secured enough seats to qualify for the funds.

“Accordingly, we kindly request your good offices to process and disburse the allocation that is due to our party in terms of the Act.”

Tshabangu also provided a CBZ account for the funds to be disbursed. He expressed readiness to provide any additional information deemed necessary by the authorities.

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Background and Controversies

The controversial nature of this move is highlighted by Tshabangu’s recent orders to recall over a dozen CCC MPs and some councillors.

Despite internal challenges, the CCC is pressing forward with its formal request for the disbursement of the political parties grant.

The government instituted the Political Parties Finance Act in response to revelations that certain opposition parties were receiving funding from foreign governments and organizations.

The Zanu PF-led government perceived such donations to opponents as a means through which foreign forces could unconstitutionally influence leadership change in the country.