CUF leadership troubles far from over

27Sep 2016
Devota Mwachang'a
The Guardian
CUF leadership troubles far from over

POWER struggle within the opposition the Civic United Front (CUF) has taken a new twist with the beleaguered chairman Prof Haruna Lipumba saying the meeting that ousted him and today’s session to discuss his fate are illegitimate.

PROF IBRAHIMU HARUNA LIPUMBA

Prof Lipumba said that today’s national leadership council meeting is void since those who convened it had no mandate to do the same, accio4rding to the party’s constitution.

“Today’s meeting is unlawful, for such gatherings of top party leaders to be valid they must be organized by CUF Secretary General, Seif Shariff Hamad who is on safari outside the country. As the chairman, I am not aware of any national executive committee meeting in Zanzibar,” said Prof Lipumba.

He made the statement yesterday when addressing journalists at the party’s headquarters in Buguruni, Dar es Salaam.

According to him, in the absence of the secretary general, such a meeting should be convened by the party’s deputy secretary general Magdalena Sakaya, according to Section 95 (3) of the party’s constitution.

Lipumba said that CUF constitution of 1992 last revised 2014 Section 85 (5) states that agendas of the national general committee must be prepared by the party’s national executive committee, before the central committee convenes.

He warned that current party national chairman (mainland) Julius Mtatiro to respect the decision by the Registrar of Political Parties, Judge Francis Mutungi, which reinstated him.

“The registrar recognizes me as the party chairman. I warn all those in the national executive committee and anyone who claims my position that they are violating existing party laws,” he said, noting that they might end up in a six-month jail or pay a 1m/- fine.

Prof Lipumba admitted to face difficulties in implementing party activities especially during this time when there are conflicts, calling on members to be calm as he works to unite and strengthen the party.

He said that as for now his main task is to shape the party and bring back all stolen properties such as computers and vehicles.

On Sunday, CUF deputy secretary general (Zanzibar), Nassor Ahmed Mazrui, said the national executive committee will summon Prof Lipumba before the national leadership council where he will be required to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against him.

He said the meeting will be held in Zanzibar today.Today’s meeting, according to Mazrui, will discuss damages caused by Lipumba supporters when the professor forcefully entered the party’s headquarters in Buguruni on Saturday.

CUF leaders continue to maintain that it doesn’t recognize Lipumba’s controversial reinstatement as party chairman by the registrar of political parties.