Sengezo Tshabangu Biography | Career, Recall Of CCC MP’s, Expulsion Of Nelson Chamisa
Sengezo Tshabangu is a Zimbabwean politician who has been at the center of controversy within the opposition political landscape of Zimbabwe. While limited personal details about him are available, his recent actions and involvement in CCC political activities have garnered significant attention.
Tshabangu was associated with the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and later with the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a defunct political party led by former Finance Minister Tendai Biti.
Controversial Statements on Presidential Guard Shootings
In 2018, Tshabangu made controversial remarks regarding the state’s involvement in the 1 August 2018 Presidential Guard killings, where he exonerated President Emmerson Mnangagwa and attributed responsibility to others. The army had opened fire on unarmed civilians protesting against the delay in releasing presidential election results.
Involvement in CCC and Recalling MPs and Councillors
In October 2023, Sengezo Tshabangu claimed to be the interim Secretary General of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), a political movement led by Nelson Chamisa. Tshabangu wrote letters to the Speaker of Parliament and the Minister of Local Government, purporting to recall several CCC MPs and councillors, stating that they had ceased to be members of the CCC. This move sparked internal party disputes and legal challenges.
Full List Of CCC MPs & Councillors Recalled By Sengezo Tshabangu
Bulawayo Metropolitan Province
- Pashor Raphael Sibanda (Cowdray Park)
- Ereck Gono (Lobengula-Magwegwe)
- Nicola Jane Watson (Bulawayo South)
- Desmond Makaza (Mpopoma-Mzilikazi)
- Obert Manduna (Nketa)
- Mlilo Sitabile (Proportional Representation)
- Jasmine Toffa (Proportional Representation)
- Janeth Dube (Proportional Representation)
- Evidence Zana (Youth Quota)
- Morgan Ncube (Beitbridge West)
- Nomathemba Sibanda (Proportional Representation)
- Velisiwe Nkomo (Proportional Representation)
- Prince Dubeko Sibanda (Binga North)
- Bright Moyo Vanya (Lupane East)
Harare Metropolitan Province
- Febion Munyaradzi Kufahakutizwi (Mabvuku Tafara)
CCC Councillors Recalled by Tshabangu
- Shepherd Sithole (Ward 1)
- Nkosinathi Hove-Mpofu (Ward 6)
- Donaldson Mabutho (Ward 9)
- Takunda Felix Madzana (Ward 18)
- Simbarashe Dube (Ward 20)
- Tinevimbo Maphosa (Ward 21)
- Thobeka Mmeli Moyo (Ward 22)
- Arnold Batirai (Ward 24)
- Sarah Cronje (Proportional Representation)
- Mhizha Tabeth (Proportional Representation)
- Sibanda Dorcas (Proportional Representation)
- Zibusiso Tshongwe (Proportional Representation)
- Granger Nyoni (Provincial Council)
- Gugu Ncube (Provincial Council)
- Maundura Mbiri (Provincial Council)
- Shantel Chiwara (Ward 2)
- Anna Sande (Provincial Council)
Allegations of Forged Signatures and Double Candidates
Tshabangu faced allegations of signing letters that resulted in the nomination of CCC double candidates for the 23 August 2023 Harmonised Elections. Approximately forty individuals registered to contest under the CCC banner without the party’s authorization, causing confusion in some electoral constituencies.
CCC Leadership Dispute and Expulsion of Nelson Chamisa
Sengezo Tshabangu allegedly played a role in a leadership dispute within the CCC, resulting in the expulsion of Nelson Chamisa, the party’s founder and former president. The expulsion was based on allegations of embezzlement of party funds, power personalization, and collaboration with rival political forces. These actions caused significant turmoil within the party and raised questions about its future direction.
Ongoing Legal Challenges and Controversies
Tshabangu’s actions and statements have led to legal challenges, protests by CCC MPs, and divisions within the opposition political landscape of Zimbabwe. The situation remains fluid, with ongoing developments and disputes.
Sengezo Tshabangu’s political journey has been marked by controversies, shifting allegiances, and disputes within various political parties. His actions and statements continue to have a significant impact on Zimbabwean politics.
NewZimbabwe.com – “I am not an impostor – says opposition ‘interim SG’ Tshabangu after recalling MPs, councillors; dares CCC to take him to court”, Published by Paidashe Mandivengerei, ~3 minutes, By Anna Chibamu.
ZimLive.com – “‘Don’t do it’ – Chamisa tells Mudenda as decision on MP recalls imminent”, By Staff Reporter, 4