Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: Mzindakaya Recommends Kikwete as Best CCM Candidate in Party Elections

VETERAN politician and long serving retired legislator, Dr Chrisant Mzindakaya has strongly recommended re-appointment of President Jakaya Kikwete as the National Chairman of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) during the party's general meeting to be held in Dodoma shortly.

Addressing a press conference in Dar es Salaam, Dr Mzindakaya said Dr Kikwete has all the qualifications of a good leader, he is patient and full of wisdom. "As a national leader, the president receives a lot of complaints and agitating comments from different sources, but he has proved his leadership skills as a national leader.

His love for his country is irrefutable." He added: "The good name of Tanzania has continued to shine internationally through President Kikwete's contribution to addressing global issues. He has the vision for the country's development and therefore can provide good leadership to the party, (CCM)," Mzindakaya explained.

The experienced Mzindakaya who in the first phase government served as a deputy minister for industries, said those appointed to assist the president at different levels have the obligation to be creative, industrious and committed to avoid unnecessary hitches because national leadership is shared.

Citing the achievement recorded while serving in the highest office, Dr Mzindakaya mentioned on-going construction of tarmac roads such that almost in all regions construction is going on. "You all witnessed the recent inauguration by President Kikwete of the Singida section of the road that opens smooth transportation to the lake regions and the northern part of the country like Arusha and Manyara.

No doubt by 2015 all regions will be connected with reliable tarred roads," he explained. He added: "Previously Rukwa Region was not easily accessible but with the on-going road construction projects, it will soon be possible for someone to travel from Mbeya to Sumbawanga and Mpanda in Katavi Region with unbelievable ease," he said.

"Geological survey of the Liganga Iron deposits in Ludewa district, Mbeya district, for example, hardly completed by one-eighth (1/8) has shown that there are 49 million tons of iron which can speed up industrial revolution for the country. "This country is heading for tremendous success," he said.

Commenting on power reliability, the former legislator who is on his way to Dodoma as an invited guest to the 8th CCM National Congress, Mzindakaya is aware of the need for reliable power supply for the country's development. He said judging from the on-going power projects ranging from natural gas, coal, hydro sources, wind and thermo power generation, by 2018 Tanzania will have electricity in surplus.

Another achievement which has been possible through stable national leadership includes steady enrollment of pupils and students in both public and private schools. "Critics direct their attacks at the lack of teaching facilities and teaching staff in ward schools. But it was necessary to have schools first for gradual and sustainable improvement.

More teachers are being trained, modernization of agricultural activities is underway and this is possible through a committed national leader. President Kikwete has done a very good job," he elaborated However, the party cadre is aware of some elements inclined to upset the smooth running of party (CCM) affairs.

There are those thinking of need to separate the party's national chairmanship from the presidency. "This is not the time to even think about it because the meeting is not convened to amend the party's constitution.

Nevertheless, the veteran politician could not close the meeting without his contribution to the constitution review committee, advising that ministers should not be appointed from among legislators. "I will submit my proposals in writing giving reasons to defend my position," he said.

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