13 November 2012

Tanzania: CCM Adopts Major Changes

Dodoma — DELEGATES to the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) National Congress here have endorsed several changes in the ruling party's constitution aimed at enhancing efficiency and increasing participation in top-level meetings.

Ideology and Publicity Secretary Nape Nnauye told reporters that the National Congress on Sunday night unanimously adopted far-reaching recommendations made by the National Executive Committee (NEC). "The suggestions were supported and approved by 100 per cent of members and the implementation has started," Mr Nnauye said.

He mentioned some of the endorsed recommendations as establishment of the elders' advisory council and trimming of the number of NEC members through the National Congress from 80 to 20 members. Another recommendation is the selection of NEC members from the district level as the party bids to reach more members from the grassroots.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General, Mr Wilson Mukama, told delegates that the party had performed very well, registering remarkable success in the past five years.He singled out the local government elections as one example where the party won between 80 and 97 per cent of the total vote.

Mr Mukama said the party was currently investing in youths, with a view to reinvigorate it."The party is now employing graduates from various universities in the country. We are investing on youth and Dodoma is our base," said Mr Mukama.

Meanwhile, the National Congress is on Tuesday expected to elect the party's chairman and two vice-chairmen for the Mainland and Zanzibar.The nominated candidates in the categories include the incumbent Chairman, President Jakaya Kikwete, former Secretary General, Mr Philip Mangula for the post of Vice- Chairmanship (Mainland) and the President of Zanzibar, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, for vice-chairmanship (Zanzibar).

This comes a day after the election to pick members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) through the National Congress, which was conducted on Sunday to elect ten representatives from Zanzibar and ten others from the Mainland.According to the party's chairman, Mr Kikwete on Monday, results for both elections will be announced on Tuesday.

However, inside reports had it that at least six Cabinet Ministers have emerged winners in the 10 special seats (Mainland) category.Impeccable sources said the Minister of State in the President's Office (Social Relations and Coordination), Mr Stephen Wassira and the Deputy Minister for Communications, Science and Technology, Mr January Makamba, were among those who sailed through.

Others are Minister of State in the Prime minister's Office, (Policy, Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs), Mr William Lukuvi, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Mr Benard Membe, the Minister for Livestock Development and Fisheries, Dr Mathayo David and the Minister for Information, Youth, Sports and Culture, Dr Fenella Mukangara.

The other winners for the remaining slots, according to the sources are Mr Mukama, Mr Jackson Msome, Mr Mwigulu Nchemba and Mr Martin Shigela.

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