THE Chairman of Chama Cha Mapinduzi(CCM), President Jakaya Kikwete, said the ruling party remains strong despite a few differences between its officials.
He distanced himself from any individuals who are keen on political posts. Addressing more than 3,000 delegates to the party's National Congress at Kizota, the CCM chairman observed that the party had recently witnessed a few individuals forming factions with a view to winning leadership positions.
"The party shall remain strong and cannot be swayed by individuals who are bent on dividing or leading members astray in order to meet their own selfish ends," said Mr Kikwete.
He urged CCM members to walk tall and feel proud of their party since it has led this nation to remarkable prosperity in social, political and economical sectors. "Our image in the eyes of the public may not be as bad as some people think. If we deny this fact we will be playing ostrich by hiding our heads but leaving the rest of the body in the open.
"There are no major problems within the party, save for minor misunderstandings that emanate from power struggle," he said. President Kikwete said further that members of the party should love CCM and move forward. He quoted the Father of the Nation, Julius Nyerere, as having said, 'Unity is power'.
He said that it was the right of a member to contest any post in the party and that efforts by anyone to tarnish the image of the other in the heat of the struggle for power is regretted. It is a situation like this one that weakens the party, he said. "The problem here is that members are busy working on failing others from achieving their dreams within the party.
This is unacceptable. If we improve in this area we will remain strong," he said. President Kikwete further noted that the party leadership was still working on the declaration reached by the National Executive Committee (NEC) in April, last year, of reforming the party.
"Reforms within the party are a gradual process. We have done so much since April (last year) when we agreed through NEC to reform the party and we are doing this for its betterment," he said. President Kikwete said that the failure by the party to make necessary reforms would disappoint Tanzanians and prompt them to choose another party to run the country.
He reiterated that the reforms being made in the party have the intention of benefiting the whole party and not victimizing some individuals as perceived by many. He named some of the issues being worked on in the ongoing reforms as including training bona fide members; having in place good policies that would impress Tanzanians; ensuring that the party is economically powerful and fighting corruption.
President Kikwete challenged leaders at various levels within the party to come up with proposals aimed at strengthening the party economically through various investments. He warned that the party could not continue to survive on subsidies as this was not a sustainable way of running the party.