The Central Committee of the ruling party CCM has warned six party members who were quizzed last week for conducting premature campaigns that they will be closely monitored for the next twelve months.
The committee gave the statement after the six members were said to have violated the party’s leadership and ethics regulations and those of the public in general by running campaigns prematurely.
The members who were questioned include former Prime Minister Frederick Sumaye, resigned Prime Minister Edward Lowasa, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Bernard Membe, Minister of State, President's Office, Social Relations and Coordination, Stephen Wassira, Deputy Minister for Communication, Science and Technology January Makamba and former Minister for Energy and Minerals William Ngeleja.
Speaking to journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday, CCM Ideology and Publicity Secretary Nape Nnauye said the CC decision followed party meetings conducted between February 13 and 18, this year by the ethics sub-committee, Discipline and Control Commission and the CC meeting.
"After interrogating them, it was realised that some of the allegation levelled against them were true and so appropriate punishment recommended.
The recommendations were forwarded to the discipline and control commission which submitted them to the CCM CC which approved the punishment,” he said.
Nnauye said the CC has also directed the sub-committee to investigate and take action against all people who were involved in one way or another in acts which violate the Party’s regulations.