Trevor Ncube, a local media publisher who owns Alpha Media Holdings (AMH), has made startling claims CCC leader Nelson Chamisa does not listen to anybody.
Ncube has been throwing punches to Chamisa for a long time with any hit back.
This time the CCC brigade snapped back accusing the AMH boss of lying and twisting facts to suit his agenda.
A Chamisa adviser told The NewsHawks:
“We have seen the video and remarks by Mr Trevor Ncube in which he attacks our leader Nelson Chamisa and says all sorts of things about him. We have no problem with Ncube or anyone for that matter legitimately criticising Chamisa as a leader, a hugely popular one at that.
Ncube has a constitutional and legitimate right to criticise him and other political leaders. That’s what should happen in a democracy.
“However, Ncube must stop crudely misrepresenting and manipulating one meeting he had with Chamisa seven years ago for cheap political capital, publicity and relevance. In fact, he must stop lying about it. We have kept quiet throughout his lies and drama for far too long. I think we now need to set the record straight in the public interest and stop this charade.
“The facts are very clear on this issue. Ncube invited Chamisa to his office in Graniteside, Harare, where AMH operates from on 5 August 2016 to discuss local political issues, including the formation of APA. Ncube wanted Chamisa to be part of that process led by Nkosana Moyo.
At that meeting Ncube told Chamisa that he had held many consultative meetings in Zimbabwe and South Africa on the APA project, which he claimed was supported by telecoms mogul Strive Masiyiwa and many other prominent business people, some of whom ended up with him as Mnangagwa’s advisers.
“At the time, Chamisa had just been appointed one of the three vice-presidents of the MDC-T by the late Morgan Tsvangirai the month before, that is in July 2016. So he was not the leader of the MDC-T at that time and didn’t even know one day he will lead the party.
In that meeting, Chamisa told Ncube upfront that while he appreciated the invitation to join APA he was not able to do so because he wanted to help Tsvangirai rejuvenate the MDC-T post the 2013 elections and prepare for the 2018 elections. So Chamisa politely declined Ncube’s offer to join APA.
The idea was to use Chamisa’s growing social base to back Moyo as APA leader in his presidential election bid in 2018.