Saturday, 16 January 2010


Civic United Front secretary general Seif Sharif Hamad has reiterated his call for a third term for Zanzibar President Amani Karume.

Hamad called for an extended term to enable President Karume implement a political accord reached last November between the two leaders.

He was presenting a paper titled, ‘The accord and the future of Zanzibar’ at a workshop hosted by CUF in Zanzibar.

Hamad called for a delay in Zanzibar’s general election for one or two years to allow Karume implement the accord.

“President Karume has to remain in power for one or two more years for him to fulfill the November agreement with regard to Zanzibar's political dispute,” said Hamad.

However, the call for extension to Karume's presidential term has not been supported by leaders of the ruling Chama Cha Mpinduzi, including the party's vice-chairman (Mainland), Pius Msekwa, Zanzibar chief minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha and CCM Zanzibar publicity secretary Vuai Ali Vuai.

CCM leaders said it was not proper and it was against the constitution to extend the term.

Addressing a public rally to mark 46 anniversary of the Zanzibar revolution, President Karume said he was not planning to extend his term in office because it was unconstitutional. ­He said the constitution called for only two presidential terms of five years each, which he had served.

However, Hamad said there were people eyeing the presidency who were against the accord reached by the leaders.


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