Dodoma — THE opposition in the National Assembly has formed a new shadow cabinet deriving members from almost all the parties represented in the august House.
Announcing the line-up at a press conference, leader of the opposition in the House, Mr Freeman Mbowe, said the camp had also decided to extend the coalition of a people's constitution (UKAWA) to the House to push for their interests as one group.
"Ukawa will operate beyond the Constituent Assembly (CA) and from now on we shall be collaborating in writing speeches and moving motions in the House," said Mr Mbowe.
Asked whether the collaboration would include the forthcoming civic and general elections, Mr Mbowe said it was too early to speak about that, but hastened to add that their intention was to collaborate in all political undertakings.
In the new line-up, Mr Mbowe remains leader of the opposition in the House while Vicent Nyerere (Chadema) takes the position of shadow minister at the Office of the President (Civil Service Management).
Esther Matiko (Chadema) becomes shadow minister in the office of the President (Relations and Coordination), Israel Natse (Chadema) takes the portfolio of the Vice-President's Office (Environment), while Asaa Othman Hamad (CUF) becomes his deputy.
Others, with their portfolios in brackets, are Pauline Gekul - Chadema- (Prime Minister's Office - Investments); Rajab Mohamed Mbarouk - CUF (Prime Minister's Office, Policy, Coordination and Parliament ); David Silinde - Chadema - (Prime Minister's Office, Local Governments); Meshack Opulukwa- Chadema - (Agriculture, Food Security and Co-operatives); John Mnyika - Chadema - (Energy and Minerals) and will be assisted by Raya Ibrahim - (Chadema).
Also on the list are James Mbatia- NCCR Mageuzi - (Finance and Economy) and his deputy is Christina Lissu - Chadema; Ezekiah Wenje- Chadema - ( Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation), to be assisted by Haroub Mohamed from CUF; Tundu Lissu - Chadema - (Justice, Constitutional Affairs and Union), to be assisted by Rashid Abdallah from CUF.
Others are Felix Mkosamali -NCCR Mageuzi - (Works); Magdalena Sakaya - CUF - (Water and Irrigation); Moses Machali - NCCR Mageuzi - (Transport); Godbless Lema -Chadema - ( Home Affairs), to be assisted by Khatib Said Haji (CUF); Halima Mdee -Chadema - (Lands, Housing); Rose Sukum - Chadema - (Livestock Development and Fisheries), to be assisted by Mkiwa Kiwanga (CUF).
Peter Msigwa - Chadema- (Natural Resources and Tourism); Joseph Selasini - Chadema- to be assisted by Rukia Ahmed Kassim -CUF; Masoud Abdallah Kassim - CUF - (Defence and National Service); Susan Lyimo - Chadema - (Education and Vocational Training), to be assisted by Joshua Nassari - Chadema.
Others are Dr Gervas Mbassa - Chadema- (Health and Social Welfare), to be assisted by Conchester Rwamlaza - Chadema; David Kafulila - NCCR Mageuzi - (Industry, Trade and Marketing); Eng. Habib Mnyaa - CUF- (Communication, Science and Technology), to be deputised by Lucy Owenya - Chadema; Baruan Salum Khalfan - CUF - (Community Development, Gender and Children), to be assisted by Subreena Sungura - Chadema;Cesilia Paresso - Chadema- (Labour and Employment) and Joseph Mbilinyi - Chadema - (Information, Culture and Sports).