ACT-Wazalendo 'consulting' on unity government option

27Nov 2020
By Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
ACT-Wazalendo 'consulting' on unity government option

THE main opposition party in Zanzibar, ACT-Wazalendo is holding a series of meetings in its support bases here seeking consensus on participating in a Government of National Unity (GNU).

Zitto Kabwe.

It is now one week since President Hussein Mwinyi unveiled his cabinet with slots reserved for the opposition left vacant, including the constitutional position of First Vice President.

An investigation by The Guardian indicated that the consultative meetings are  taking place in Unguja and Pemba, with opinions differing as hardliners reject the proposal and moderates insist that ‘bygones be bygones’ and become part of the government.

Asked about the stance of the party, the ACT-Wazalendo director of communications and publicity, Salum Bimani said no decision had been made on the matter.

“We are still continuing with our meetings. We will make the decision known once we reach it,” he said.

Party insiders privy to the goings-on noted that engagements were being traded between hard-line positions taken by pro and anti GNU groups, as to the pros and cons of joining the government.

Even before the closure of voting on October 28, ACT-Wazalendo presidential candidate for .Zanzibar, Seif Sharif Hamad had declared that rigging was taking place.

In a spectacular move, Hamad stormed a polling station, calling on his supporters to move in and guard the votes, claiming that the party’s agents were being restrained from accessing polling stations, upon which the candidate was briefly arrested.

When the results were finally released and Dr Mwinyi had a 76.2 per cent win, Hamad called the entire process a sham. Read More...