IN a move that was not anticipated the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Steering Committee has nominated Constituent Assembly member Mr Samuel Sitta for the candidacy of the assembly’s Chairperson.
Reports within the CCM Steering Committee which held a meeting yesterday revealed that Mr Sitta was nominated because of his extensive experience of five years in the area as the National Assembly Speaker.
The source noted that the steering committee asked Mr Andrew Change who was also vying for the same position to give way to Mr Sitta who is also the Minister for East Africa because of his long experience in presiding over the national assembly proceedings.
The Steering Committee appealed to Mr Chenge who has also held various government positions in the past, to let Mr Sitta pick the forms for the chairmanship position alone.
The source who said the Steering Committee held the meeting on Monday did not see the need for both of the members of the CA from the party to fill the forms.
According to the reports Mr Chenge agreed to the Steering Committee’s request, opening the way for Mr Sitta to pick the forms once the Constituent Assembly Standing Orders are adopted by the special assembly.
Meanwhile as the Constituent Assembly meet to amend and adopt the Standing Orders, and the members squabbling over a number of issues including the voting system, CCM on Sunday held a meeting to insist the its members agree on the open voting system.
Reports from within the party noted that there was high intense debate with half of the members routing for secret ballot in the meeting party chaired by Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda.
According to the report some of those who wanted secret ballot system include Mr Juma Kapuya and Esther Bulaya who have also expressed their support to the secret ballot in CA seminars discussing the draft Standing Orders.
According to the report, the meeting which started at 8:00 pm in the evening ended up at 1:00 am in the morning due to the intensity of the debate and no decision or agreement was reached.