Maalim Seif Shariff Hamad, outlined five reasons for his decision to seek his party's approval to vie for the Zanzibar presidency.
Hamad who defected from the Civic United Front (CUF) in March 2019 becomes the only ACT-Wazalendo cadre vying for the post in Zanzibar.
Addressing a press conference shortly after he was presented with the forms at the party’s office in Vuga, Unguja, he pledged to bring about development changes within the first 100 days.
Hamad, who was accompanied by several party members was given the forms by the party’s Secretary General, Ado Shaibu.
“I have picked the presidential nomination forms to seek my party’s consent to be the flag bearer in the coming general elections,” Hamad noted.
He added: “My priority would be to transform Zanzibar; I will ensure development changes within a short period.”
According to Hamad, ACT-Wazalendo requires an experienced captain who can handle turbulence and problems in Zanzibar. I have seen that this is the right time for me to take over as the president,” he said.
He however called upon qualified party members to pick nomination forms to vie to different posts including parliamentary seats and councillorship. ACT-Wazalendo Secretary General, Ado Shaibu said a good number of members have so far picked forms seeking nomination to vie for different positions in the October elections.
“We opened the doors for our members to pick nomination forms from July 1st, we are happy that many of them have showed interest to contest for parliamentary seats and councillorship in both, mainland and Zanzibar,” asserted Shaibu.
Shaibu said the party will ensure democracy, transparency and fairness in selecting candidates for various posts. He warned candidates from engaging in bribery acts, insisting stern measures will be taken against them.
Hamad once served as the first vice president in the Government of National Unity (GNU) formed by Dr Ali Mohamed Shein after the 2010 general elections.
When Tanzania adopted a multiparty political system in 1992, Hamad along with other former CCM members formed CUF. He was CUF’s candidate for the Presidency of Zanzibar when the first multiparty elections took place in 1995.