Speaking at the party’s general council in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Chadema national chairman Freeman Mbowe said the two parties are weighing the influence and popularities of their members who have declared interest in the top seat.
However, he hinted that picking that candidate will not be easy as integrity of proposed names will be thoroughly scrutinized before being endorsed by the two parties to square it out with other candidates.
“We are ready to form a coalition ahead of elections but we shall work with serious people; we don’t want the kind of people who are likely to betray us. We are currently discussing this with ACT-Wazalendo,” he said.
The council named the party’s top three contenders for union presidency, with the party candidate selection awaiting the general council which sits today. The three are Dr Mayrose Majinge, Lazaro Nyalandu and Tundu Lissu.
This means other cadres who had expressed interest in the top job, namely Isaya Mwita, Rev Leonard Manyama, Gasper Mwanalyela and Neo Simba were eliminated in the earlier council sitting.
On the other hand, the Chadema vice chairman (Zanzibar) Said Issa Mohamed and Hashim Juma Issa have collected party’s nomination forms for the Zanzibar presidency.
Meanwhile, ACT-Wazalendo party leader Zitto Kabwe yesterday appointed former Foreign Affairs Minister Bernard Membe as the party’s chief advisor.
A statement released by the party said Kabwe made the appointment because section 83 (1) of Act-Wazalendo’s constitution empowers him to appoint advisors. The advisory added that the leader also appointed Emmanuel Mvula as member of the party’s central committee.
“The appointments have been endorsed by the national executive committee which is continuing with its meetings,” the statement noted.
Membe who was ousted from the ruling party for allegedly violating the party's rules joined the opposition outfit last month. But speaking at a ceremony to welcome him at ACT-Wazalendo, Membe who held the foreign affairs docket for nine years asserted that he was expelled from CCM because of expressing his intention to run for the presidency under the ruling party, challenging the incumbent President John Magufuli who is seeking his second and final term of office.
ACT-Wazalendo is scheduled to hold its general council tomorrow which will unveil its line-up ahead of polls scheduled for 28th October.