Over 900 Civic United Front (CUF) members have defected from the party for various reasons in Musoma Urban constituency in Mara region.
This has come about after CUF deputy secretary general Julius Mtatiro arrived in the region as part of his visit to the lake zone.
Among the leaders, who defected using a slogan of ‘pluck out feathers’ are Didi Koko, who was CUF Musoma Urban chairman, Jumanne Magafu, who was a CUF secretary for Musoma Urban and Maimuna Matola chairperson, who was the party’s women council and director of finances in Musoma Urban constituency.
Others include a blue guard commander, Aman Chogo, and members of the executive committee led by Amidu Waitare.
Hundreds of CUF members flocked to the Musoma Club hall to return their party membership cards.
This paper learnt also that the founders of the party in the region led by Adam Gunje and Iddy Mtani also left the party.
Addressing reporters before leaving the party, the CUF chairman in Musoma Urban constituency said they had decided to leave the party after discovering that it was losing its direction and failing to respect its constitution and the country’s constitution.
“Our leaders at national level don’t respect the party constitution and have failed to know where they came from, where they are and where they are going, instead they have been running the party for personal interests and not for the interests of the party and its members,” he said.
For her part, the CUF council chairperson, who has also left the party, Maimuna Matola, said she decided to leave the party after top party leaders ignored members’ opinions and public interests.
“They have been banning members from contesting for the top leadership position, which is against basic rights,” she said.
One of the founders of the party and former CUF chairman for Musoma Urban constituency Adam Gunje said CUF was no longer the party for the people but for sultans.
When reached for comment, Mtatiro said a group of leaders, who had left the party, were supporters of Wawi MP Hamad Rashid Mohamed.
He claimed further that already the said leaders had been sacked from the party a few days ago.
When asked to prove if they had been sacked, he said the Musoma Urban constituency acting secretary, whose name was not disclosed, had the letters.