Tuesday, 21 October 2014


The Coalition of the Defenders of the People's Constitution (Ukawa) has decided to take part in the December local government polls as a united block, saying that is a major step towards taking power from the ruling party, CCM.
Addressing reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Ukawa co-chairman and the Civic United Front national chairman, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba said the coalition will select candidates countrywide in accordance with coalition criteria.

He said joint participation in the local government elections as a coalition is a sign of  solid cooperation, that the three parties involved had decided to provide the voters the most qualified way of realizing the project of doing away with one party rule.

Joint candidates in local government elections was among the clearest methods to enable the coalition prepare to win the general election, an important symbol of cooperation. “This is to prove that Ukawa is a strong partnership and sincere.

We are determined to provide the public the best way to redemption, to eliminate oppressive rule of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM),” he declared.

“Our candidates will be selected in accordance with the criteria which the political parties forming Ukawa will agree and also in accordance with what voters in that area feel,” said Prof Lipumba.

He also stated that the coalition will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) collectively as members of Ukawa at a public rally to be held next Sunday in Dar es Salaam.

These agreements aim at ensuring that Ukawa meets its joint objective of change so as to build the nation, he stated.

Ukawa officials have examined the 2014 election regulations issued by the Ministry of Regional Administration and Local Governments and identified various shortcomings and will demand clarification in those areas.

The Ukawa co-chairman noted that the alliance had observed that there are shortcomings like lack of clarity on the period for voter registration, as the regulations do not make it clear in the regulations, along issuing forms to candidates to fill, “in regards to their party logos and authority emblems.”

Coalition top organizer and Chadema secretary general Dr Wilbrod Slaa said they have reviewed regulations issued by the Prime Minister’s Office (Regional Administration and Local Governments) and would address areas they have misgivings on what the regulations provide.

A few months ago, three opposition parties agreed to pick one candidate under the umbrella of the Coalition of People’s Constitution formed in the Constituent Assembly earlier this year.

Ukawa co-chairman Prof Ibrahim Lipumba was quoted telling the Chadema National Executive Committee meeting yesterday in the city that the strategy was aimed to end over 50 years of CCM dominance in the country’s politics.

 Chadema national chairman Freeman Mbowe said opposition parties share goals of toppling the ruling party, which he said had demonstrated to have poor governance.

He said the Constitution-writing process had enabled the opposition to come together, something which they failed to do over the last 20 years.

Seif Shariff Hamad, the First Vice President of Zanzibar and secretary general of the Civic United Front (CUF), said in a different occasion that the people of Zanzibar should oppose the proposed constitution claiming that it will hold back the development of the Isles.

Speaking to elders and youth at Michenzani in Zanzibar, Maalim Seif said the proposed constitution has not considered the interests and wishes of the people of Zanzibar and cannot obtain their approval.

He called for the youth and elders to oppose the draft constitution in the referendum by casting a ‘NO’ vote.

 He said the proposed constitution was forced by Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) members, leaving out views of many people like the need for a three-tier government system.

“I am telling you Zanzibaris, once the time for referendum comes, there is no hesitating. Just go for a NO vote. There is no discussion because this is not the right constitution, rather it is preparing a negative future for us,” he said, to the cheers of elders and youth present.

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