Informed by Zanu PF’s history of intimidation, the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) has set up rapid response groups across the country in areas at high risk for political violence to defend its members and provide legal and medical assistance. The coalition says “no” to violence, CCC spokeswoman Fadzayi Mahere tells The Africa Report but is ready for anything.
“We want elections, not war,” Mahere says. “We have peace teams and rapid response groups stationed in red spot communities to ensure our members are protected.”
The defensive moves come as Zimbabwe is expected to hold elections for the presidency and the National Assembly before the end of July. Once again, President Emmerson Mnangagwa will be facing off against CCC leader Nelson Chamisa, whom he defeated in the disputed 2018 election.
“The CCC needs to keep alerting key figures in potential observer groups as to the
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