By Robert Tapfumaneyi
THE opposition Coalition of Democrats (CODE) which contested the July 2018 elections with Elton Mangoma as its presidential candidate, has since transformed into a single political party.
This was revealed Monday by Mangoma, founder of the Renewal Democrats of Zimbabwe (RDZ).
“CODE becomes a political party as a base for the formation of an all-inclusive, broad based, democratic and meritocratic mass opposition movement,” said the former Energy Minister who has since announced his retirement from active politics.
“A steering committee will be put in place to talk to other people and entities to grow the movement and lead to a People’s Convention that will democratically elect the political leadership.
“The four member steering committee will coopt other members into the steering committee as consultations with other stakeholders.”
Former RDZ ..has been appointed to spearhead the merger.
“We are now working on the creation of a broad based mass opposition movement which will bring together members from other political formations,” Chikohora said on his part.
“It will bring together stakeholders from various associations such as vendors, farmers and churches to create a new people’s movement which welcome everybody and owned by everyone.
“The movement that we are creating will respond to the needs of Zimbabwe of today and that opposition should be able to challenge Zanu PF effectively in 2023.”
CODE was formed last year with nine political parties such as Zapu, Renewal Democrats, Progressive Democrats of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe United for Democracy Party, African Democratic Party, Democratic Assembly for Restoration and Empowerment, Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn and ZimFirst.
The union has since been reduced to two parties after coalition partners jumped ship following its poor showing in the July elections in which it failed to pick up a single parliamentary or council seat.
Mangoma emerged with less than a percentage of the national vote.