Membe set to run a clean campaign

08Aug 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Membe set to run a clean campaign

FORMER cabinet minister Bernard Member yesterday picked up Union presidential nomination forms from the National Electoral Commission (NEC) head offices in Dodoma, promising to run a clean campaign.

National Electoral Commission chairman Judge (rtd) Semistocles Kaijage (R) presents Union presidential candidacy endorsement forms to ACT-Wazalendo’s Bernard Membe in Dodoma yesterday. Related photos on pages 2 and 4. Photo: Correspondent Ibrahim Joseph

Speaking after collecting the forms, the ACT-Wazalendo flag bearer said his campaign will not engage in bad language but seek to persuade Tanzanians to see why he is the man for the job.

“We will be courteous and polite in engaging with voters. We will clearly explain why the next phase of leadership of our country should be taken away from (John) Magufuli and handed to Membe,” he said.

“We won’t insult anyone; we will respect people with opposing views. We will only highlight the challenges people face and our proposed solutions.”

Membe said that starting from today he will be criss-crossing the land to obtain 200 guarantors in 10 regions to become a fully-fledged candidate.

The veteran cabinet minister sought to assure Tanzanians that he is in good health and ready to square it out with President Magufuli (CCM), Tundu Lissu (Chadema) and candidates of other parties that are now lining up their flag bearers.

“I’ll reach all corners of the country and I know there are lots of people who are ready to be my guarantors. Once campaigns kick off on the 26th, I’ll start elaborating my message,” he said.

The former CCM cadre referred to this year’s polls as “quite special,”as his new party has a plan not only to participate in the polls but setting out to actually win.

Membe was last week endorsed by an ACT-Wazalendo general congress to run for the top seat in the general election.

The former foreign minister was endorsed alongside the party’s national chairman Seif Shariff Hamad who is candidate for the Zanzibar presidency.

Announcing the results, the party’s election committee chairman Joram Bashange said 428 general congress members attended the meeting and that 420 of them voted for both candidates.

Membe who was suspended from CCM early this year for allegedly violating the party's rules joined the opposition outfit last month.

But speaking at a ceremony to welcome him at ACT-Wazalendo, Membe asserted that he was expelled from CCM because of expressing his intention to run for the presidency under the ruling party, challenging incumbent President John Magufuli who is seeking his second and final term in office.