Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: CCM Power Separation - It Depends On Thought School

LAST week, the Dodoma District CCM Elders Council issued statement saying that any move for separation of presidency and chairmanship at the party's top leadership is highly objectionable much as it is unwelcome as it would weaken the party.

The Council's Secretary, Mzee Mohamed Makbel, minced no words in saying that elders in the district had convened and discussed on the rumours that some members were campaigning for the separation and found it unpalatable. These positive remarks are just a tip of an iceberg so to say.

If the party conducts a referendum in all the regions, which it had already done through the CCM national congress before, the answers will be all the same in favour of peace and harmony and it can be achieved through such consensus why not accept no separation.

Remember the consistency of synergies and ideologues of the CCM party members, wherever you go, as a bird of the same feathers fly together. Now is the right time for everyone to witness their green uniforms full of life that everyone is wearing at the National Congress taking place in Dodoma.

This is healthy if you want to know how the party is going to bring people and the nation together, the first thing to do is to examine how consistent and uniform members of the party are especially when it comes to matters of national interest..

This consistence is manifested in the way its members especially the party stewards and veterans speak the same language in support of a common course of keeping the nation integrated and united.

Many of those who said that having two caps at a time as Chairman and President was more appropriate for the President and pleaded to the members of the National Congress not to make any mistake to separate them, deserve our commendation.

We are all aware that a motion to separate the two positions came up in the 1980s when it was rejected. There is no harm since the consensus of the people is that the incumbent national chairman and president of the United Republic should continue to run the two shows.

When Mzee Makbel told the press that Mr Kikwete has done a commendable job all this time in office with regard to the wellbeing of the party and the national development at large, it is something that can be substantiated.

Mr Makbel cautions that the motive behind the strange push to have the president's national duties separated is uncalled-for and shall never enjoy support among the party members. He goes on to explain that:" We (elders) respect everyone's freedom but it has come to our attention that the hidden agenda is to weaken the party and the government at large."

Another veteran politician and former diplomat, Ambassador Job Lusinde, added his voice to Mzee Makbel's appeal. He strongly appealed to all delegates to the party's National Congress to give 'Yes' vote to President Kikwete to enable him to assume the office of the CCM national chairperson for effective implementation of both government and party duties.

He added that the Council's Chairman, who was in the cabinet during the leadership of the late Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere said that those calling for separation of power had no strong point to back their move.

Some concerns that are fueled by the economic hardship that the country is facing the nation can truly not be a premise for the argument in question, especially on the issue of power separation between presidency and chairmanship. The blames about economic stagnation and many other contributing factors will be resolved if the leaders are made accountable.

The argument tendered by some factions in the party that if the president assumes the role of party chairmanship, it will be difficult for people to make him accountable? There is a school of thought, which has to be respected on the rights of an elected leader.

There is always a defined period or term that he or she is serving in the office. The contract that the president signs with the people over the ballot box in simple logic is for them to elect him for a period of five years. When the president is running for a political post, he always serves the interest of his party.

The party if it comes to power it is the people who decide that such elected leader should be allowed to lead them. What is important here is for those who wish to criticize the president they should visit the CCM party's manifesto and learn what has been delivered and what has not.

It will be very unfair to blame President Kikwete for economic downturn facing the nation, without showing any details or statistics that when the country was handed over to him the Treasury had a sound financial status. In anyway trying to hold the president accountable for global financial crunch is too general.

We should show exactly what was not achieved because of his shortfalls rather than making generalizations. It is appropriate to bring this example of the transition in the US when President Clinton's term ended and George W.Bush came into power.

When the Democrats keep arguing that Clinton had left the economy strong and the treasury had adequate resources, when he left the presidency, they can substantiate this. What of those who want to blame the president can they do so?

There are those in the party who have also come out to counsel others that it was high time CCM members looked at the positive things that the fourth phase government has achieved, such as opening up the country by construction of many roads and stop focusing on trivial issues.

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