Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) has cautioned President Jakaya Kikwete to avoid simply reshuffling the cabinet but rather appoint fresh ministers.
Chadema Publicity Director John Mnyika made the remarks in Dar es Salaam yesterday when briefing reporters on the 16 resolutions reached by the party during its central committee meeting held over the weekend.
He said in 2008 when President Kikwete dissolved the cabinet after the resignation of Prime Minister Edward Lowassa, he ended up forming a cabinet with the old faces.
“We want him to appoint fresh ministers who will work to meet the expectations of Tanzanians. So, we don’t expect the president to make only a reshuffle,” he noted.
Mnyika, who is also Ubungo constituency legislator, urged the president to fire the ministers implicated in dubious deals and take legal measures against them. He noted that the cabinet would never end current corruption problems since its root causes were Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).
He explained that, Chadema had also called on private and independent investigative organisations to investigate into ongoing killings of Chadema cadres in different parts of the country.
“We want independent investigations because there are some incidences, where state organs are involved. The police can never investigate themselves,” he argued.
Elaborating further, Mnyika said Chadema cadres had been frequently assaulted and killed in separated incidences including sad incidents in Mwanza, Mbeya, Mtwara (Tandahimba), Ruvuma and recently in Arusha.
He said they also agreed on the election timetable within the party expected to start in June this year to October next year.
He said they had prepared a strategy that would prevent corruption practices during party elections.
Chadema also blamed the ruling party for failing to solve social conflicts especially widespread land disputes.