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Chadema pulls out of race for EALA seats

17th April 2012
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Chadema National chairman, Freeman Mbowe

Chadema yesterday pulled out of the race for members of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) after a misunderstanding between the party and the parliamentary regulations committee.

Freeman Mbowe the party’s National chairman told the press here yesterday that they demanded to have a seat in the EALA, but their colleagues turned the demand.

“We as the major opposition party in the country need to have a

representative in the assembly. Other opposition parties should also have one representative. But as it stands CCM wants to take all the seats, leaving only one to the opposition,” said Mbowe.

He alleged that there was massive corruption, with the candidates openly offering bribes, adding that they have reported the matter to all top government leaders and the Office of the Speaker but no efforts have been made to arrest the culprits.

“We are not going to participate in the election. We shall walk out during the process. No one among our members will take part in any of the election activity,” stressed Mbowe.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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