Dodoma — CCM National Chairman, President Jakaya Kikwete has warned party members with presidential ambitions ahead of 2015 General Election against disorganizing the party.
Speaking at the end of the 8th CCM Congress at the Kizota conference centre, here on Tuesday night, President Kikwete called upon such leaders to be patient and wait for the right procedures that they should follow.
"After electing leaders for various positions within our party successfully, the task ahead is to strengthen our party, to ensure that another CCM member ascends to presidency in the 2015 General Election," he said.
The remarks by Mr Kikwete on the presidential hopefuls appear to have stemmed from reports that varying factions within the ruling party are fighting tooth and nail to front a candidate that would succeed President Kikwete. "We shall meet again in this venue in May 2015. All aspirants should remember this date.
The procedure for intra-party election will be made known to you then," Mr Kikwete told over 2,000 delegates at the meeting. Opening the meeting last Sunday, President Kikwete trashed claims of conflicts within CCM, noting however that some factions obsessed with greed to grip power were responsible for weakening the party.
Following the three-day meeting that saw the party coming up with a new line-up of leadership, the CCM Chairman tasked party leaders and members to work hard in strengthening the party, to enable it win General and Civic elections, and eventually form a government in 2015.
"Now it is time to start attacking all the way through to 2015, when we shall confidently have another member of CCM win to be president, losing is not an option, we must win the election," he stressed. Mr Kikwete however noted that it was impossible for a CCM that is divided and weak to win the election, urging members to embrace the "Unity is Victory" slogan.
He also challenged them to respond to various claims of incompetency of the government and the party that have from time to time been fronted by opposition parties. "This will be possible by making use of the publicity department and working closer to people in addressing their various grievances," he said.
Mr Kikwete was re-elected National Chairman after gaining 99.92 per cent of votes. Veteran politician and former Secretary General of CCM Mr Philip Mangula and the President of Zanzibar, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, were also elected as CCM's Vice-Chairmen for Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar, respectively.