CCM fully backs govt over civil service disciplinary measures

11Apr 2016
Grace Kambaulaya
The Guardian
CCM fully backs govt over civil service disciplinary measures

THE ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has vowed to continue supporting the current government initiatives of restoring discipline in the public service in a bid to improve service delivery as well as improve people’s lives.


Party spokesperson Christopher Ole Sendeka made the remarks in Dar es Salaam at the weekend when addressing journalists over recent criticism made by some people from the opposition parties.

Sendeka cited the recent criticism by the Chadema Presidential candidate in the last year’s General Election, Edward Lowassa, who is alleged to have faulted President John Magufuli’s move to fire public officials for either abuse of their offices or misuse of public funds.

Lowassa was quoted as saying Magufuli misuses his power as President, saying those who were found to have abused their responsibilities were supposed to be taken to court to prove their innocence.

According to Sendeka, President Magufuli was doing the best thing to ensure members of the public service operated diligently.

He also said the current government system had remained in place since the time of the founders of the nation such as Julius Nyerere and Abeid Karume. Sendeka said the system was strong and has been upgraded from time to time in accordance with requirements.

Sendeka said civil servants were being suspended to pave way for investigation on allegations against them.
Edward Lowasa is a Tanzanian politician who served as a Prime Minister between 2005 and 2008, under President Jakaya Kikwete.

Lowassa has gone into record as the first Prime Minister in the history of Tanzania to have been forced to resign over a graft scandal. Following his resignation, President Kikwete was obliged to dissolve his cabinet as required by the Constitution and with minimum delay constituted a new one under a new Prime Minister, Mizengo Pinda.

After the ruling CCM failed to select him as its candidate for the October 2015 presidential election, he left the party and stood instead as an opposition candidate. He was defeated in the General Election by CCM candidate John Magufuli.