Chama Cha Mapinduzi has retained Igunga constituency after its candidate, Dr Dalali Kafumu, emerged winner. He scooped 26,428 votes equal 50.56 percent of the 53,672 votes cast in Sunday’s bye-election.
Protace Magayane the returning officer declared Dr Kafumu yesterday afternoon as the new Member of Parliament for Igunga, a constituency previously headed by former CCM MP, Rostam Aziz who resigned following a party fracas.
Leaders of Chadema whose candidate Joseph Kashindye got 23,260 votes, refused to sign the final results, citing irregularities during the campaign and voting exercise. The remaining seven candidates signed the forms indicating their acceptance of the results.
Magayane, who is also as the Igunga District Executive Director, said out of the 171,019 registered voters, only 53,672 turned up to cast their vote, adding that 1,185 of them were spoiled.
He said CUF’s candidate Leopard Mahona scooped 2104 votes equal to 4.01 percent of the total votes, while Stephen Mahui of African Farmers Party (AFP) got 235 votes, Hassan Lutegeza Chama cha Haki na Usitawi (CHAUSTA) - 183, Said Cheni of Democratic Party (DP) - 76, John Maguma of Sauti ya Umma (SAU) - 83, and Hemed Dedu of the United People's Democratic Party (UPDP) - 63.
Magayane attributed delays in announcing the election results to heavy rains that have been pounding the area in the last few days, explaining that counting of the votes started at 10:30 midnight on Sunday.
The officer also blamed the computerized collating system for the delays: “It is difficult; it doesn’t accept shortcut. But at least we have reached the final stage,” said Magayane.
Thanking the voters, Dr Kafumu promised to represent all Igunga residents in the House in order to bring development to all regardless of their political affiliations.
He vowed to meet candidates from opposition parties who took part in the by-election to discuss cooperation in serving the people.
For his part CUF Deputy Secretary General, Julius Mtatiro alleged that bribes changed hands during the campaign, adding that most Tanzanians lacked enough civic education to fight for true democracy.
“Politicians have been using the loophole of peoples’ ignorance as an advantage for them to win. They have been paying civilians little money to get their vote,” he alleged.
Mtatiro however admitted that his party performed very poorly in the Sunday poll.
In his message to the party members and the public, he said: “We have really been beaten in Igunga by-elections.
Mtatiro said according to the preliminary results the party performed poorly in almost all polling stations, despite having a very good candidate and doing a serious campaign for him.
“But we can’t change the results. What I have learnt is that majority of voters in Tanzania still believe in propaganda” he said, explaining that wherever they went they were branded CCM B.
“We tried our best to explain our position to the people, but time was not ours. But I still believe we shall have another opportunity to educate people,” he said.