5 January 2014

Tanzania: Zanzibar By-Election - Opposition Announces Participation

Zanzibar — OPPOSITION party, CHADEMA's Information and Publicity Officer- Zanzibar Mr Dadi Kombo has announced that the party will take part in upcoming Kiembe-Samaki constituency by-election scheduled for February 02, 2014.

The two main political rivals in the Islands: Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and the Civic United Front (CUF) have already declared to contest in the election which follows CCM revoked Mr Mansour Yussuf Himid's party membership in August last year.

CCM's National Executive Committee (NEC) stripped Mr Himid of his party membership for acting contrary to party ethics.

Mansour who was also serving as a member of the House of Representatives for Kiembesamaki was accused of failing to oversee objectives of CCM as well as failing to fulfill his obligation as a CCM member.

He was also accused of acting against the CCM 2010-2015 manifesto which he used to campaign in 2010 General Election and it was also said that Mansour's position to drum for Zanzibar's autonomy in the union was against the party's support for the current two-tier government system.

"I ask all CHADEMA members, in and outside the Kiembe-samaki constituency to run for the post so that we can win the seat and have CHADEMA legislator in the house to fight for your rights," said Kombo in the press statement.

Kiembe-samaki by-election would be the fourth since 2010 general elections after the Uzini Constituency in February 2012, followed by the Bububu in September 2012, and Chambani constituency in Pemba in June last year.

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