Chadema irate over MPs’ ‘irregular’ oath of office

26Nov 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Chadema irate over MPs’ ‘irregular’ oath of office

AGITATION is gathering pace on the opposition Chadema Special Seats MPs after taking their oath of office on Tuesday, as the party formally moved to disown their parliamentary participation, saying that the nomination and swearing in were ‘irregular.’

Party secretary general John Mnyika told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that he did not sign the document bearing the names of nominees for the seats as the law requires and wondered how the names reached the office of National Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai who administered the oath.

The 19 MPs have been summoned to appear before an emergency central committee meeting tomorrow to deliberate on the matter and decide on the next course of action.

“In order to avoid any excuse, I announce to the 19 persons through the media to appear before the committee starting 8am at the party headquarters without missing,” he said.

“The party (Chadema) is run on the basis of the constitution, ethics and protocols that dictate that any measures cannot be taken against any member before they are summoned and heard. Because this is a matter of urgency, we are employing emergency rules to handle it.”........for more information visit