So finally it has happened. After being unceremoniously dumped out of the race for the CCM presidential nomination, followed by more than two weeks of will-they-won’t-they flirtations and negotiations, Edward Lowassa has been welcomed into Chadema’s embrace. With the other parties in the Ukawa coalition (CUF, NCCR and NLD) apparently in support, it looks like Lowassa is set to become the coalition’s presidential candidate.
As a former Prime Minister, Lowassa is the most high ranking CCM figure to switch parties since Tanzania introduced multi-party politics. He was many people’s favourite to win the CCM nomination, and this move has the potential to dramatically shake up Tanzanian politics – and the forthcoming general election. Continue reading →
Africa Review has collected up data on the annual salaries of African presidents, from a variety of sources. They then calculated how the salary compares to each country’s national average income – GNI per capita.
Of all the dramatic developments last weekend, as CCM gathered in Dodoma to select their presidential candidate, one thing in particular stood out. Mid-morning on the day after Lowassa’s name was cut from the list of presidential aspirants, a man was found at St Gaspar’s Hotel with 725m/- (around $350k) in cash in suitcases:
The big news story in Tanzania over the weekend was the nomination of John Pombe Magufuli as CCM presidential candidate, including the dramatic exclusion of Edward Lowassa from the final five. The Magufuli announcement came around midday on Sunday, so didn’t make the papers until this morning. So, with a bit of help from @millardayo, how did they cover it?
1. The more serious Swahili papers: (click on an individual image to enlarge)
UPDATED 11/7/15: 9pm – the final three have been announced – see this new post
5.20pm – new tweet from CCM, stating that NEC is now voting on final three, Congress to start at 9pm (section 7)
4.30pm – new video from Nape Nnauye posted below (in section 7)
The Citizen, 11/7/15
After the CCM Central Committee (CC) announced their choice late last night of the final five aspirants to become the party’s presidential candidate, a lot has been happening. Much of this appears to be responses to the decision to leave Edward Lowassa off the shortlist, in favour of Bernard Membe, John Magufuli, Asha-Rose Migiro, January Makamba and Amina Salum Ali.
Given the “breaking” nature of the story and the highly politicised context, I cannot guarantee every source is 100% dependable or that everything is quite what it seems, but here are what seem to be some of the key developments by 3pm (Tz time) today (Saturday): Continue reading →
Aspiring CCM presidential candidate, Ambassador Amina Salum Ally, was quoted in Habari Leo yesterday on the role of money in securing the signatures of party members in the regions:
“What surprises me is the practice of being asked for money in order to sign nomination forms. I’ve been in the party more than 30 years and this pains me greatly. In the past you did not have to pay but now without money you won’t get the signatures.“*
The task of the former Prime Minister, Frederick Sumaye, of collecting signatures on his nomination forms almost met with trouble after party members wanted to tear up the forms with their names on, claiming that they hadn’t been given “nauli” [bus fare] to go to the CCM office for this exercise.**