The coalition of Defenders of People’s Constitution (Ukawa) has said it will continue defending the second draft constitution outside the Constituent Assembly.
Ukawa leaders led by its chairman Freeman Mbowe yesterday held a rally at Kibandamaiti grounds where they reiterated their stance that they would hold various demonstrations countrywide to ensure that people’s views found in the second draft constitution were honoured.
Zanzibar’s First Vice President Seif Shariff Hamad joined the ukawa leaders saying if the second new constitution did not come up with the proposed three governments it was better the union was disbanded.
“A-three-tier union structure has no debate, if CCM members want to continue with the current structure, it is better both we do away with the union so that each country gets its full autonomy,’’ said Mr Hamad.
Speaking at a rally, Mr Mbowe who is also chadema chairman said ukawa members decided to walk out of the Constituent Assembly after realising that there were signs of corruption, intimidation and indecent language.
“It does not make sense seeing people full of fear during this important process of writing the new constitution. We want to show those in the executive that we have a strong coalition that seeks to secure the autonomy of both partners of the union,’’ said Mr Mbowe.
He added that demonstrations were a constitutional right and that those who stopped Tanzanians from exercing this right were against the mother law.
Prof Ibrahim Lipumba said ukawa members packed their bags and left the assembly after President Kikwete brought the process of writing the constitution to a standstill following a slanted speech he delivered in the assembly.
“President Kikwete killed this process of writing a new supreme law after total disregard of people’s views presented in the second draft constitution that was submitted in the assembly by Judge Joseph Warioba,’’ he said.
Speaking at the same function, Democratic Party (DP) chairman Christopher Mtikila said at some point he found himself landing in custody several times because of demanding that Tanganyika be revived. “Those who continue championing for the current union structure resembles those who betrayed their collegues during slavery
However, Mr Seif cautioned ukawa members to be keen saying there was a secret plot to ensure that they divided the leaders in the coalition. He said CCM lacked proper arguments to convince people as to why they touted for the current union structure.
Also present at the rally that was attended by thousands of ukawa supporters were NCCR-Mageuzi chairman James Mbatia, Singida East MP Tundu Lissu and Mji Mkongwe representative Ismail Jussa Ladhu. Security was beefed up in every corner of the town.