CCM national chairman President Jakaya Kikwete has asked members of his ruling party to stand firm and defend it whenever it is threatened.
President Kikwete, who is also the ruling party’s national chairman, told the members not to look weak and shy to confront the opposition when defending the party’s interests.
He was speaking in reference to a number of events that had happened in previous by-elections when addressing the CCM National Executive Committee (NEC) here. He gave an example of a by-election in Igunga where a CCM member was attacked with acid.
He alleged that whenever there is an election, the party lines up against rowdy parties which do not exercise civilised politics.
“We have discussed that in the Central Committee and agreed that we should no longer be weak,” he said amid cheers from the delegates, who among other things are expected to assess the country’s political situation and forge the party’s common agenda for the upcoming Constituent Assembly scheduled to kick-start its marathon meeting next week in Dodoma.
He said events like the one in Kahama District where a man’s eye was pierced to be outdated and uncivilised.
“Let’s us not be afraid…let you journalists leave all the news, but say this…we won’t be cowed…patience has its end,” he said.
The CCM chairman spoke when he opened a CCM NEC meeting that was convened to discuss the party’s position on the Second Draft Constitution, due for discussion in Dodoma next week.
“We have a by-election coming up in Kalenga (Iringa) where we already have a candidate…let’s go there and make sure we win.”
He asked the party members to prepare properly for the by-election to make sure the party gets a resounding win.
“We are confident that we will win…we now don’t have a case like that in East Arumeru which had our members divided.”
He said the party’s win in by-elections conducted last week in 27 wards across the nation where CCM won in 23 wards, was a testimony that it still had the voters’ support across the country.
The President asked the members to make sure they recapture the four wards which were taken by the opposition.