Tanzania’s opposition now settles on ex-PM Lowassa

first_imgHe will run for the top post for Chadema, as well as the Civic United Front, NCCR-Mageuzi and the National League for Democracy. Mr Lowassa had joined the race earlier this month to run as the CCM’s presidential candidate, where he was seen as a frontrunner among 42 candidates, but lost out to government minister John Pombe Magufuli. And without mentioning any names, the President, who is also the ruling party chairman, added: “Those who have quit CCM are now on our crosshairs and the right side for us to strike them.” But President Jakaya Kikwete yesterday chided his defection, equating it to that of an “errant child who runs away from his family to join the enemy.” President Kikwete said the ruling party will not give the former PM room to defeat it. Mr Lowassa was Prime Minister between 2005 and 2008, when he resigned over corruption allegations. He denies the charges. President Kikwete was addressing the members who had turned out to escort the CCM candidate for the presidency, Dr John Pombe Magufuli, to collect the National Electoral Commission nomination forms.center_img Tanzania’s four main opposition parties have picked former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa as a joint presidential candidate three months ahead of a General Election scheduled for October 25. Mr Lowassa, 61, defected last week from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party to join Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema). Following his defeat, Mr Lowassa said the ruling party was infested with leaders who are dictators, undemocratic and surrounded with greedy power mongers. In his first remarks since Mr Lowassa’s defection from CCM, Mr Kikwete said: “Even in life when your child wrongs you by joining the side of your opponents you deal with him or her as you would have dealt with the group to show that you are the father.”last_img read more