A MEMBER of the CCM National Executive Committee, Mr Bernard Membe, has urged his party to declare its candidate for the Union presidential race by December this year.
Mr Membe told reporters on Sunday that the party’s Ethics Sub-Committee, which summoned him yesterday, quizzed him on premature presidential campaigns.
Unlike others who declined comment on why they were summoned before the committee, Mr Membe, who is also Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister, said he was asked “key and hard questions over the issue’’.
The sub-committee is made by the CCM Vice-Chairman (Mainland), who is its chairman, Mr Philip Mangula, the Secretary General, Mr Abdulahman Kinana, and Central Committee members William Lukuvi and Shamsi Vuai Nahodha.
Mr Membe had to be the last in the quiz list since he was in London where he attended a meeting on Illegal Wildlife Trade.
Also unlike others, Mr Membe said the committee was well informed and asked relevant questions on unethical issues pertaining to premature election campaigns.
“Some of the key issues are the emerging groups within the party and proposal on how best they should come up with one strong team to win the 2015 elections,” quipped Mr Membe.
The CCM-NEC member added that the use of financial muscle to create the groups was also among the items on the agenda as well as having a media team that facilitates the premature publicity.
Other CCM members who appeared before the committee last week include Deputy Minister for Communications, Science and Technology January Makamba and the Minister of State in the President’s Office (Relations and Coordination) Stephen Wassira.
Former prime ministers Edward Lowassa and Frederick Sumaye and the former Minister for Energy and Minerals, Mr William Ngeleja, were also summoned.
At the end of the session, each informed the media that the meeting was meant “to lay down strategies to strengthen the party and discuss the suitable course of action before general elections slated for October 2015’’.