24 December 2012

Tanzania: Chadema Now Enhances Plans to Lead Arusha City

THE Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) has vowed to spend much of the coming year 2013 to throw out the Arusha City Mayor.

Newly reinstated Urban Member of Parliament, Mr Godbless Lema has insisted that the mayoral election which planted the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) councillor, Mr Gaudience Lyimo into City Hall two years ago was dubious and that his party (Chadema) will ensure that there are going to be repeated polls next year.

The Arusha City Mayor, Mr Gaudence Lyimo is unlucky councillor because ever since he was voted into the City Hall in December 2010, the main opposition party keeps on hounding him and the controversy surrounding 'his lordship,' position has so far claimed three lives when people were killed by the police from street demos organized by the opposition party.

Mr Lyimo who is the Ward Councillor for Olorien, was voted into mayoral position by the majority of 11 votes, from mostly CCM councillors who participated in the polls in the absence of the other (9) councillors from Chadema who boycotted the December 17, 2010 elections.

Chadema had planned to field Mr Estomih Mallah the former councillor for Kimandolu who was, however, thrown out of the party in August 2011 along with five other councillors for allegedly striking a mutual agreement of cooperation with CCM.

The treaty made Mr Mallah, Deputy Mayor but Chadema saw that as a 'Betrayal in the city,' typical of the Biblical Judah Iscariot and thus the party sent Mallah as well as four other councillors who shared his ideology packing.

The Arusha Urban MP on the other hand got ousted from his parliamentary role last April, when the High Court ruled in favour of three CCM members, led by Mr Mussa Mkangaa who filed an electoral case against his 2010 victory against Ms Batilda Buriani, who he was alleged to insult during the preceding campaigns.

But the Appellate Court reinstated Mr Lema last week and according to the MP, he has returned to resume the long-reigned mortal combat between him and the seating City Mayor, Mr Lyimo.

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