THE Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) members aspiring to contest in the coming elections using groups of campaign supporters should think twice or count themselves out of the race, as they will not even be considered for the post they vie for.
Party members here told the CCM Secretary General, Mr Abdulrahman Kinana, that the party should prepare well and come with a clean, strong and credible candidate in 2015 who will effectively wave the party flag and capable of creating serious challenges to the opposition parties.
In an 'inside party' meeting held at Isesa area about five kilometres from the municipality, the members said the party has to work on the request to avoid hard times it was facing especially during the campaigns.
"We call for the party to nominate a strong candidate in the coming general election who will compete and represent the party well amid growing opposition parties that are giving us tough times at present," said Mr Peter Lalata.
Responding to the request, Mr Kinana said party members should expect a suitable candidate in the coming general election as a special arrangement will be prepared come May in 2015.
He said a special form with a long list of qualifications that the candidate must possess will be designed and through special nomination meetings, will carefully pass through them to crosscheck all the information filled by the candidates.
"Next time we are set to take all precautions in nominating the candidate to represent our party. The forms to be designed will strictly address many issues including making sure the potential candidate does not divide groups and networks," he said.
Mr Kinana added that normally the party has its standard procedures in nominating its presidential candidate but this time extra care will be taken in selecting a credible, trustworthy, strong and generally a clean man.
Earlier, Mr Kinana received a brief report on various issues facing the members and the general public, which includes scarcity of land for agriculture and agricultural inputs. CCM Regional Chairman, Mr Hipolitus Matete, told Mr Kinana that members were happy having him as the new Secretary General of their party and hoped he will devise a number of strategies to reform the party into an organ for the people.
He said they were aware that the party once approached him for the post but he refused and added that they were happy that this time around he has agreed to take the post. On that Mr Kinana confirmed and added more colours on Mr Matete's statement, saying that Rukwa members told him earlier that if he refused to take up the post this time round they will bewitch him.
"The people told me that if I don't agree to the post this time they will definitely bewitch me and that is one of the reasons why I had to agree," he said in jokingly.
Residents here were satisfied with the development during the just ended general congress in Dodoma, with many saying the new party secretariat contained hard workers, citing the examples of Mr Kinana, the party's Vice Chairman (Mainland) Mr Philip Mangula and Publicity Secretary Nape Nnauye.