Prominent businessman Rostam Aziz yesterday resigned as Member of Parliament for Igunga and as Chama Cha Mapinduzi National Executive Committee member.
Rostam announced his decision when addressing elders of Igunga constituency in Tabora region, saying his decision would help to end the frictions in the party.
He said he would remain a loyal member of CCM.
He said his decision to resign all his posts was not a result of pressure brought on by the party campaign of “shedding its skin”, but rather to get out of what he described as ‘gutter politics’ and concentrate on his businesses.
‘I thought of what been said and written about me and by my own conviction and on advise from my family, friends and business partners within and outside the country resolved that it was time for me to take action,” he said.
He added: “After consulting with my family, friends and my business partners, I arrived at the decision to step down, with the intention of maintaining my respect and integrity among party members and other wananchi as well as my leaders who I believe after my resignation will get an opportunity to focus on other challenges facing the party,” he said.
Rostam who has been a member of parliament for 18 years said his decision would also ensure CCM continues to lead Igunga constituency for the next four years before the general election for 2015.
He said his resignation would also provide opportunity for party leaders to focus on strategies to steer the party to prosperity and improve its standing against opposition parties.
He commended President Jakaya Kikwete for the work he was doing for the benefit of the nation.
He said the President has done great things for the development of the country, but his work was not being recognised and valued due to what he termed as gutter politics.
At a press conference in Dodoma yesterday CCM Ideology and publicity secretary Nape Nnauye declined to comment of Rostam’s resignation.
In April this year the CCM National Executive Committee (NEC), endorsed a number of decisions by the Central Committee which saw some of its members and the party’s secretariat resigning from their positions.
Among those who resigned from the Central Committee were Andrew Chenge and Rostam Aziz but remained members of the party’s National Executive Committee.
The members of secretariat who resigned were the Secretary General Yusuf Makamba, two deputy secretaries George Mkuchika (Mainland) and Saleh Ramadhan Feruz (Zanzibar), the secretary for economy and finance, Amos Makala, Ideology and publicity Chiligati, director of foreign affairs Benard Membe, and director of planning Kidawa Saleh.
The new secretariat also announced a campaign to cleanse the party of any members accused of being involved in corruption scandals.
“The party will no longer tolerate any member associated with corruption”, the newly appointed Secretary of Ideology and Publicity, Nape Nnauye said.
Rostam has been facing corruption allegations including the saga which saw the then Prime Minister, Edward Lowassa resigning over the controversial award of a contract to US-based electricity company Richmond Development in 2006.
The firm failed to provide emergency power during a power crisis in 2006.