Zanzibar — VOCAL politician and prominent businessman in Zanzibar, Mr Mohammed Raza, risks being expelled from Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), should he fail to prove that he has not violated party ethics.
A visibly exhausted Raza said at a press conference held at Grand Palace Hotel that he had been summoned and grilled by the party's ethics committee in Central district in Unguja island.
"I have always been clear and firm in politics, but now I have been accused of violating party ethics. I am ready to defend my arguments in the party, but some members in the ethics committee have upset me," said Raza, who is also the legislator for Uzini constituency in Unguja island.
Raza has been ordered to answer 16 counts, including speaking ill of the current structure of the union and instigating CCM members to hate the union. He denies all the allegations, saying things were being exaggerated with a view to tarnishing him politically.
"I have been asked to respond to the allegations, but because of my busy work schedule and my health, I have asked to respond in writing instead of being questioned in a meeting. Unfortunately, the committee turned down my request and wants me to appear in person to answer the allegations," an alarmed Raza said.
CCM in Zanzibar wants all its members, particularly leaders, to observe party principles and defend the two government union system against the three-tier structure proposed by the Warioba Constitutional Review Commission (CRC).
Mr Mansour Yussuf Himid, a former minister in the Zanzibar government, was expelled from CCM last August after he was accused of violating party ethics and principles.