Dar es Salaam. Good morning! The Chanzo is here with a rundown of major news stories reported in Tanzania over the weekend.
Feats grace CCM’s 45th anniversary
The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party on Saturday marked its 45th anniversary with its national chairperson, President Samia Suluhu Hassan, pointing out some of the notable achievements that the party has been able to register in Tanzania since its founding.
Formed on February 5, 1977, through a merger of the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) and the Afro-Shirazi Party (ASP), CCM is the second oldest party in Africa after the True Whig Party of Liberia.
The party has dominated Tanzania’s politics since its founding, with some scholars and activists describing it as a State party instead of a political party. It has won all presidential elections since the re-introduction of multiparty politics in Tanzania, victories that opposition and some independent observer have repeatedly cited as controversial.
Addressing the party members who have gathered in the northern region of Mara to mark the anniversary, President Samia said Tanzania has made impressive socio-economic, political and cultural achievements under the leadership of the CCM.
“Let us continue overseeing our party principles in order to fulfil expectations of Tanzanians,” President Hassan told her fellow CCM cadres.
Samia said following two decades of sustained growth, Tanzania reached an important milestone in July 2020, when it formally graduated to lower-middle-income country status.
Under the guidance of the ruling party, the Head of State pointed out, Tanzania has also been able to supply clean and safe water to its citizens by 75 per cent.
Notable gains have also been made in education and health services, Samia observed.
ACT-Wazalendo appoints party’s sectoral spokespersons
ACT-Wazalendo on Sunday appointed the opposition party’s sectoral spokespersons in what the party described as an effort to supervise the government as well as ensure accountability of its leaders.
ACT-Wazalendo believes that Tanzanians from across the country are facing numerous challenges and not enough efforts have been taken to bring these challenges to national attention and thus solve them.
Speaking yesterday during the launching of the 24-member ‘Shadow Cabinet,’ ACT-Wazalendo party leader Zitto Kabwe said that the party’s decision is in line with its issue-based approach, expressing his optimism that the strategy will help give voice to the millions of Tanzanians struggling with daily life challenges.
“For many years, [Tanzania’s] politics have been defined by what [opposition parties] are opposing than what they are proposing,” Zitto told editors from various media outlets at the Kilimanjaro Hotel where the launching was taking place.
The essential tool that the sectoral spokesperson will be using is the ACT-Wazalendo Election Manifesto of 2020, added Zitto.
“I urge people from all over Tanzania to present their challenges to our sectoral spokesperson so that they can be brought to national attention,” said Zitto.
ACT-Wazalendo believes that its Shadow Cabinet will fill the vacuum that has been left by the Parliament, which, given its formation where it is dominated by MPs from the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM), has lost its capability of supervising the government and demand accountability.
“The task that [Tanzania’s] opposition has traditionally been doing within the Parliament can no longer be done because most of the opposition is outside the Parliament,” said Zitto. “But we could not sit back and do nothing. We said we should come up with this idea and it is my hope that it will have some value.”
Tanzania, Japan ink deal to support infrastructure development
Japan said over the weekend that it has signed an agreement with Tanzania for the implementation of two Official Development Assistance Loans and one grant aid project.
The agreement was signed by Mr Goto Shinichi, Japan’s ambassador to Tanzania and the Permanent Secretary from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr Emmanuel Tutuba.
The two ODA loan projects are Arusha-Holili Road Improvement Project worth 24.310 billion Yen equivalent to Sh488.667 billion and Zanzibar Urban Water Distribution Facilities Improvement Project valued at 10.864 billion Yen equivalent to Sh218.382 billion.
The third project worth 2.726 billion Yen equivalent to Sh54.79 billion is for the rehabilitation of Kigoma Port.
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