Zanzibar’s First Vice President, Mr Seif Shariff Hamad, is today scheduled to address a public rally in Zanzibar to express the views of the Civic United Front (CUF) on the progress of the Katiba review process, it was announced yesterday. The opposition party entered into a power sharing arrangement with CCM to form Zanzibar’s Government of National Unity (GNU) with Dr Ali Mohammed Shein as President. Confidants of Mr Hamad said he will use the rally at Democracy Grounds in Unguja to express the party’s disappointment with last Friday’s speech by President Jakaya Kikwete to members of the Constituent Assembly. Both Dr Shein and Mr Hamad attended Kikwete’s official address to the CA as state officials.
A member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives for Stone town Mr Ismail Jussa Ladhu confirmed the rally to The Citizen on Monday.“He will tell the people of Zanzibar what their next step should be after President Kikwete appeared to play down their views in the proposed new Constitution,” he said. Although the second draft Mother Law, prepared by the disbanded Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), contains many issues, the most contentious has been one on the structure of the Union to be adopted.
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Addressing a fully-packed CA on Tuesday last week, the CRC chairman, Mr Joseph Warioba, said the proposed three-government system gave the views of majority of Tanzanians.Mr Warioba said his team found out that 13 per cent of those who gave their opinions over the Union in Tanzania Mainland proposed a one-government system, 24 per cent wanted the current structure of two-government while 61 per cent wanted a three-government Union structure.