Tanzania’s president Samia Suluhu is facing a new fresh headache as sharp differences emerge from the Chama Cha Mapindunzi party. The ruling party has split in to three major groups with divert interests which is hurting the party’s unity.
It remains unclear on how the president will be able to handle the crisis that might threaten her legacy. Under the late Magufuli’s government,the CCM party experienced little internal fightings that gave him easy time to govern.
One of the groups is pushing for fully implementation of the late president’s agenda that he had started before his unexpected death. It is also defensive of his development records and argue that his record must be continued.
Some of the major projects they claim were the fruits of him are the modern railway and Electricity supply from Rufiji River. It’s led by MPs Joseph, Livingston and Josephat. They were at the frontline in defending Magufuli’s regime and they fear that they may be elbowed out.
The second one is led by MPs Nape and January Makamba. Both have ever been ministers but were fired for alleged incompetency. For instance, MP Nape was the minister for Information, Culture and sports but sacked for misinformation on the government. MP January was also an Environmental minister who was recalled for failing to implement laws on the use of nylon papers.
They are the main critics of the late head of state and insists that he had some shortcomings. They have asked president Samia to make some changes especially on freedom of expression. They have requested her not to victimise those with genuine criticism to the government. They allege that Dr John Magufuli forced them to apologize at state house for their opinions.
The group sees no reason for defending his bad legacy and believe that they are now relieved from oppression and suppression of their opinions. They want the new president to bring a new dawn to Tanzanians and not necessarily following the footsteps of his former boss.
The last group consists of several members of parliament who don’t want to be associated with any of the sides. They are looking for where the wave shall move before making their decision. The members include those who quit the opposition and joined the government under pressure from the late president. After joining the CCM party, they were given direct tickets and successfully elected.
The split is said to have been caused by lack of a stronger opposition which is almost nonexistent. Majority of its members failed to be elected but have claimed that they were rigged out. This comes amid the expected party meeting at the end of this month. President Samia Suluhu is expected to be installed as it’s party leader during the occasion.
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