Addressing reporters in his office in Tanga city council director Daudi Mayeji said he had received a letter dated 7 July 2018 from CUF deputy secretary general (Mainland) Magdalena Sakaya, kicking the three civic leaders out of the party.
According to the letter, councillors Rashid Jumbe (Mwenzange ward) who is also the party’s chairman for Tanga district, Halima Mbwana and Fatma Hamza (special seats) had been stripped off their positions.
In a swift rejoinder, Jumbe dismissed the expulsions terming them a joke of the highest order saying he was still a councillor as well as his two colleagues.
Tanga city council had 37 councillors whereby Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has 17 seats and CUF 20 seats and according to Mayeji, the opposition party has since lost five seats following the removal of the three and the resignation of other two a fortnight ago.
“CUF now has 15 councillors following the removal of the three and the resignation of councillors for Makorola and Mabokweni wards two weeks ago,” he announced.
But according to Jumbe, he and his colleagues will continue going about their business of representing voters as usual.
“I have not received a letter stripping me off my CUF membership; even if I receive it, I will not accept it because its purported author Magdalena Sakaya was herself stripped off the party membership,” said Jumbe.
CUF has been embroiled in a bitter leadership crisis at national level since August 2016, when its then former national chairman Prof Ibrahim Lipumba announced a comeback following his resignation as party chairman towards the end of 2015.
Since then, there has been endless wrangles pitting supporters of Lipumba and his former comrade-turned archenemy, the equally troubled secretary-general Seif Sharif Hamad. Sakaya is said to belong to Lipumba faction.