Chama cha Demokrasua na Maendeleo (Chadema) is today expected to flag off its campaigns for the Arumeru East by-election, pledging to run its rallies in a very peaceful manner.
Chama cha Mapinduzi is on Monday expected to launch its campaigns for the same by-election and former president Bennjamin Mkapa is expected to grace the event.
Campaign launch schedules for the remaining six parties are yet to be known.
The by-election comes following the death of former Arumeru East MP Jeremiah Sumari.
Addressing a press conference yesterday, Chadema Arusha regional chairman Samson Mwigamba said the televised official opening of the campaign rallies would be graced by the party’s national chairman Freeman Mbowe.
“Televising this event is meant to give an opportunity to all Tanzanians who wouldn’t be able to take part in our official opening of the campaign rallies,” he said, stating that the official opening would be held at Leganga Primary School grounds.
He said among key figures to attend the important event would include all party MPs and members from across the country.
“To us, this will be a historic event…as all Tanzanians will view this event live on television,” he said.
Mwigamba called upon state organs, including the police and the Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), to ensure they collaborate with all the parties with a view to ensuring that the by-election is held peacefully.
The regional party official also called upon Chadema followers to shun anything that might lead to chaos.
“We don’t want to be the ones to be blamed. We’ve talked to our members to ensure that this election is held peacefully,” he added.
When asked about the party’s expectations, Mwigamba said: “We’re going to get landslide victory because we’ve learnt a number of tactics being used by the ruling party.”
In another development, Chadema contestant Joshua Nassari yesterday started his own campaign in a special style by visiting health centres in Usa River area and finally ended up at the Arumeru district police station asking police offers to give him votes in the forthcoming by-election.