THE Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) party has claimed that it is now holding private and underground campaigns and mobilisation as a way to protect its supporters from political violence.
Recently there have been serious intimidation and violence reports on its members from suspected ZANU PF youths in rural areas.
Addressing the media in Harare Tuesday, CCC deputy spokesperson Ostallos Siziba said contrary to what critics have been saying, the opposition is gaining support from the rural areas as the party is doing underground campaigns.
“We know that our opponents are very scared. You saw that a few days ago one of their stalwarts was actually motivating their members in ZANU PF that we must steal the alternative’s identity documents.
“It shows a regime that is in panic, a regime that is desperate and we are putting more pressure towards a democratic breakthrough and we know that ZANU PF has unleashed its last tool on the shelf which is the tool of violence.
“They want to win on the margin of terror and we are going to make sure that one we protect our members, we protect our members of the community through the envelope of peace and making sure that Zimbabwe walks towards a democratic breakthrough,” said Siziba.
Siziba added that they are focusing more on winning the rural electorate which has been for years ZANU PF’s stronghold.
“We made it very clear last year that the focus is on rural areas. Our focus is on the countryside but we are conscious of the challenges that might face our people in the rural areas that is why you do not see ourselves publicizing much of our work because we think that we must not put our people at risk and we must make sure we protect rural communities from a trigger happy regime,” added Siziba.
Last month, 26 CCC activists who included a minor girl, two members of parliament and senior citizens were arrested in Budiriro and spent two weeks behind bars after holding an internal party meeting at one of their members’ house.
Recently elderly supporters of CCC were abused and assaulted by suspected ZANU PF supporters for holding a meeting in Murehwa.