1 October 2012

Tanzania: On Your Marks CCM


THERE is every good reason to be interested or get excited about everything CCM does.

It is the ruling party, after all. Let's take the top-flight CCM's Central Committee (CC) and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings, which were held in Dodoma last week as one example.

Tanzanians were kept on their toes while members of the two top party organs spent sleepless nights to pick names of suitable candidates for the various leadership positions at stake from a very long list of aspirants. The green light has thus been flashed, signalling the beginning of the long electoral process from the top to the bottom echelons of the ruling party's hierarchy. Already heads have begun to roll in these polls.

It is worth noting here that the period between the last and these elections has been long enough for the holders of various offices within the party to prove their worth and win the trust of party members in the wards, districts, regions and the NEC. CCM members and Tanzanians in general would of course judge individuals they last elected into office by delivery. By now they must have made up their minds on whether the ladies and gentlemen they had voted for in the last elections have delivered or not.

The party and its members had their yardsticks for election of suitable individuals to fill the various posts at stake, unflinching loyalty to the party being one of them. It is evident from these elections that those leaders who had along the way been tainted by such wrongdoings as embezzlement of public funds and corruption failed to make it.

They have hit the stone wall or looked back and turned into sort of the biblical 'pillar of salt'. They were, thus, a liability. CCM did the right thing and the wise thing at the right time in the countdown to the 2015 general elections. The party won the 2010 general elections convincingly enough.

But it is in that year when the Opposition gained some inroads into the country's elections scene. We are into an era of multi-party democracy though! All the same, let the best party win!

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