Hamad Rashid to vie for Isles presidency

10Jul 2020
By Guardian Reporter
Zanzibar
The Guardian
Hamad Rashid to vie for Isles presidency

ZanzibarNATIONAL chairman of the Alliance for Democratic Change (ADC) Hamad Rashid Mohamed has picked up nomination forms to vie for the Zanzibar Presidency in the October General Elections.

Hamad, who is Zanzibar’s Health minister, also vied for the post in 2015.

Addressing journalists after picking up the forms, he outlined a number of priorities that include finding solutions to Union problems. He was concerned that there are some Union matters which have remained unsolved for years.

“Some Union problems have not been worked out for years. Zanzibaris have been complaining about this for so long. If elected President of Zanzibar I will resolve them in a short period,” he said.

His other priorities include working closely with the Union government in ensuring development and provision of quality education. Hamad said his government would pay tuition and accommodation fees for first year university students who have not been granted loan by the Higher Education Students' Loans Board (HESLB).

“I will introduce a new arrangement for students where girls will have their separate classrooms. This shall apply to all schools, colleges and universities,” he noted.

Hamad declared that most schools have poor learning environments, promising to improve infrastructures as well as constructing storey buildings at each primary and secondary school in Pemba and Unguja.

He said although the Zanzibar government offers free basic education (primary to secondary school), he will extend the programme to also offer free education to first degree students.

Hamad promised to transform the agriculture sector by empowering farmers to produce more for food and cash crops. His government would make sure Zanzibar is food self-sufficient and reducing imports, assuring farmers of a coordinated market system for their crops.

The party’s Election Director, Omar Albert said that ADC opened its doors for presidential aspirants to pick up nomination forms from July 7. The exercise will be   closed on July 14 for the party’s general assembly to convene to select its flag bearer for the presidential election.

ADC women’s wing chairman Khadija Abdalla called upon women to come up in big numbers to vie for different positions in the October general elections.

“We need more women in leadership positions to achieve the 50/50 target,” said Khadija.

Last week, ACT-Wazalendo national chairman, Seif Shariff Hamad collected nomination forms to vie for the presidency of Zanzibar, the sixth time since 1995.

He pledged to bring about development changes in the first 100 days.

Meanwhile, five names have been picked by the CCM National Executive Council (NEC) in Zanzibar out of the 31 cadres who collected the documents for the Zanzibar presidency.

The Zanzibar election seeks to find a successor for incumbent leader Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, who is completing his second term and cumulative 10 years.

They are the Minister for Defence and National Service - Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Zanzibar - Khamis Mussa Omar, Dr Khalid Salum Mohammed who is a former Isles Finance Minister, ex-Chief Minister Shamsi Vuai Nahodha and Union Water minister Prof Makame Mbarawa.

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