The opposition yesterday chided CCM after the ruling party penalised six members for flouting its regulations, saying nothing will come out of the decision.
Those who spoke with The Citizen said it was not surprised by the decision, adding that CCM was not known for strictly enforcing its own rules.
Meanwhile, efforts to get the views of the six prominent members who were questioned by the ethics sub-committee failed yesterday after almost all of them declined to comment.
Those questioned by the party organ led by deputy national chairman (Mainland) Philip Mangula include former prime ministers Frederick Sumaye and Edward Lowassa.
Others are Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister Bernard Membe, Minister of State in the President’s Office (Relations and Coordination) Stephen Wassira, Communications, Science and technology deputy minister January Makamba and former Energy and Minerals minister William Ngeleja.
Mr Ngeleja told The Citizen yesterday that he had nothing to say. But asked if he would comply with the penalty, he responded: “What do you expect?”
Mr Membe said he could not comment because he was yet to receive a copy of the decision from his party.
Mr Wassira wanted to be left alone as he was busy with the Constituent Assembly meetings. “I am in Dodoma busy with CA meetings, please!”
But Chadema spokesman John Mnyika said the decision was “meaningless”, adding that CCM had in the past failed to rein in errant members.
“They started with the much publicised ‘kujivua gamba’ (cleansing) campaign, but we didn’t see anything tangible. They have now announced this, but I’m sure that we will not see anything come out of it,” he said. Mr Mnyika added that CCM should emulate Chadema, which went beyond empty rhetoric by taking action against its errant members.
Mr Ismail Jussa of the Civic United Front (CUF) said it was absurd to penalise someone simply because he had declared his interest in vying for the presidency.
He said the penalised members were supposed to be commended by their party because what they had done would have given people more time to scrutinise them. Mr Jussa, a former CUF deputy secretary-general, said the decision would have made sense had the six been penalised for a serious offence such as bribery or character assassination.
CCM ideology and Publicity Secretary Nape Nnauye said on Tuesday that the six would be closely monitored for a year after they were found guilty of flouting some party regulations.
He said anyone who would contravene party rules during the period would face harsher penalties.
It was proven that the six bigwigs engaged in early campaigns to run for presidency in the forthcoming General Election in violation of party constitution, according to Mr Nnauye.
Within the 12 months the six will not have to commit any act that violates the party’s constitution or regulations or they will face heavy punishment, Mr Nnauye told reporters on Tuesday.
CCM’s ethics sub-committee would continue with their investigations so as to sanction other members who collaborated with the six.