The Bububu by-election saga in Zanzibar has taken a new twist after those opposed to the results decided to take up the matter with Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, it was learned yesterday.
The decision was reached at a meeting held recently by Civic United Front (CUF) members and some residents in the constituency.
In their message read out at the meeting, the people said they had decided to write to the Zanzibar president to inform him that they only recognised CUF condidate Issa Khamis Issa as their true representative.
"Makungu (CCM candidate who was declared the winner) is a representative of the anti-Corruption Squad (KMKM) and Tanzania People's Defence Forces (TPDF) solders. He is certainly not a representative of the people of Bububu," they said.
They alleged that the by-election was marred by threats and violence conducted by KMKM and TPDF officers, who resorted to shooting in the air in order to fill the people with fear.