CCM has “yellow-carded” its six bigwigs after proving beyond reasonable doubt that they engaged in early campaigns to run for presidency in the forthcoming elections and violated other regulations in the party’s constitution.
The “bigwigs” are Mr Edward Lowassa, who is Monduli MP, Mr January Makamba (Bumbuli), Mr Stephen Wassira (Bunda), Mr Bernard Membe (Mtama), Mr William Ngeleja (Sengerema) and Mr Frederick Sumaye (former prime minister).
Addressing reporters in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday, the CCM Ideology and Publicity Secretary, Mr Nape Nnauye, said that the decision was reached by the Central Committee following recommendations by the ethics sub-committee, which went through all the allegations.
He pointed out that according to party’s ethics and regulations, the members who have been strongly warned, will be in the “danger zone” for a period of not less than 12 months.
Mr Nnauye pointed out that within that period of time; the members will be strictly prohibited to commit any act that is against CCM’s regulations, short of which they will jeopardize their positions in the party.
“We summoned them and the allegations were proved to be true, hence the decision by the Central Committee to issue them with the strong warning,” Mr Nnauye told reporters.
He added that Central Committee also tasked the ethics sub-committee to immediately embark on investigations to spotlight those who were cooperating with the members so that stern measures could also be taken against them.
Mr Nnauye also warned all CCM members to refrain from early campaigns within the party and also avoid engaging in acts that are against party’s regulations.
Meanwhile, Mr Nnauye boldly capitalized on the recent remarks made by the CCM National Chairman, President Jakaya Kikwete, that the party was tired of “the series of evil acts being conducted by opposition parties’’.
He insisted that the series of assault orchestrated by the main opposition party, Chadema, was intolerable and that CCM will not “stomach that any more’’.
“Our members have all along been attacked and seriously injured by Chadema supporters; the just ended civic by-elections were marred by violence perpetrated by these people. For how long are we going to stand aside and watch?” he questioned, vowing that they were ready to face them should they persist.
Mr Nnauye pointed out that the coming Kalenga constituency by-election will justify their zero tolerance should their counterparts, Chadema fail to behave and adhere to laws.