VARIOUS ministers and some members of the new Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) secretariat are expected on Wednesday to start an official tour of four regions as a part of the party's initiative of following up development programmes.
Addressing journalists in Dar es Salaam, the Party's Ideology and Publicity Secretary, Mr Nape Nnauye, said that the new secretariat, led by the party's Secretary General, Mr Abdulrahaman Kinana, will visit Mtwara, Rukwa, Arusha and Geita regions.
He said that the tour would start in Mtwara, where among other issues, the ministers and the secretariat will visit Mtwara Port and make a follow-up on cashew nut business, with responsible ministers briefing the public on developments in the sector.
In Rukwa, according to Mr Nnauye, the secretariat will visit Mpanda and Sumbawanga following up on rail, airports and road infrastructure development, which he noted are the major challenges to members of the public in the region.
In Geita, the secretariat and ministers will make a follow-up on mining issue and in Arusha they will look at and inspect the progress attained in reviving the industrial sector, a move that is geared at addressing employment challenges in the region.
"During these official tours, the secretariat will be accompanied by respective ministers. The objective is to ensure that what we promised is being delivered," Mr Nnauye explained. During the just ended CCM's general congress, the Party's National Chairman, President Jakaya Kikwete, directed the secretariat and responsible ministers to visit all regions to address people's concerns.
Earlier in the day, when the secretariat was being handed over the offices, the Vice-Chairman, Mr Philip Mangula, stressed that the party would not tolerate members involving themselves in corruption. When addressing CCM staff yesterday at the CCM-Sub Head Office along Lumumba Street in Dar es Salaam, Mr Mangula said that the party is preparing to tame members who involve themselves in corruption without calling in the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB).
"Any party member who will be found guilty of involvement in corruption deals, the party will use its regulations and constitution to take steps against such person. We will not wait for the PCCB," he insisted. He said that discipline and adherence to ethics is important for the party.
These, he said, are the values that will allow members to work in unity and harmony, without conflicts within the party. Other members of the secretariat with their titles in brackets are Mr Mwigulu Nchemba (deputy secretary general for Tanzania Mainland) and Mr Vuai Ali Vuai (deputy secretary general for Zanzibar), Dr Asha-Rose Migiro (International Relations), Ms Zakia Meghji (Economy and Finance) and Muhammed Seif Khatib (Organisation).