JPM: I chiefly want to complete my projects

07Aug 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
JPM: I chiefly want to complete my projects

PRESIDENT John Magufuli yesterday called upon Tanzanians to come out in large numbers and cast votes come October 28, saying if reelected, his main mission is to complete projects he initiated in the first five years.

National Electoral Commission chairman Judge (rtd) Semistocles Kaijage (3rd-R) pictured in Dodoma city yesterday presenting presidential candidacy endorsement forms to Chama Cha Mapinduzi’s President John Magufuli, who is seeking re-election in late October’s General Election – as his choice for running-mate, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan, looks on. Photo: State House

Speaking soon after the president and running mate Samia Suluhu Hassan had collected nomination forms at the National Electoral Commission (NEC) head offices in Dodoma, Dr Magufuli said that he decided to seek for the second term in office as he was yet to accomplish all the plans he initiated.

He assured Tanzanians that there is no party other than the ruling party which can bring development in the country.

“I sat down and thought that it is better I vie for another five years so as to accomplish what I started. We have several good projects that are ongoing and need strong supervision to complete them. We will commence our campaign in Dodoma.”

He said: “During the first tenure of five years, we have initiated a lot of changes in different sectors such as health, education, water and others. We have built at least 228 new secondary schools, over 900 primary schools and 500 health centres, just to mention a few.”

The Head of State said that his government is also going to supervise the industrialization agenda which includes promoting and facilitating the establishment of processing industries.

“I will continue protecting the country’s resources including minerals. There were some people who spoke out threatening to deal with us effectively just because we have imposed acute measures to protect our minerals, I stood strong together with my fellow CCM members that it is better to die but only for your country,” he said.

President Magufuli further said that he will stand to promote local people in investment projects for the country’s development.

“The major transformation and changes conducted in the mining sector has started to provide opportunities for local investors to reap big from their work. We have witnessed how artisanal miners are getting profits from their undertakings,” he elaborated.

At the NEC head offices, the CCM candidate and running mate were received by the Director of Elections, Dr Wilson Charles who took them on various procedural requirements that should be observed.

The director said that all aspirants are required to have returned the forms by August 25.

Presidential candidates are required to deposit one million/- surety to the commission whose receipts must be attached with the nomination forms when they are returned.

Nomination forms for presidential candidates need to be signed by at least 200 guarantors from among supporters who are registered in the Permanent Voter Register.

For her part, Suluhu commended President Magufuli for valuing women and children across the country.

In the past five years, President Magufuli has done a lot to empower women socially and economically, she stated.

“We were crying about poor health services and maternal deaths for years, but our president has done a lot to address the challenges. You have constructed several new hospitals, health centres and dispensaries. You have equipped the facilities with drugs and medical tools and staff. We really thank you,” she told the gathering.

The government under President Magufuli has also conducted a revolution in the water, power and education sectors, she declared, underlining that this is something that should be commended.

CCM Secretary General Dr Bashiru Ally assured Tanzanians that the ruling party is going to win most seats in various areas, starting from councilors to parliamentary seats.

“On October 28 we are going to win the presidency very early both in the Union and Zanzibar polls,” he added.