Urging party members to unite and end wrangling and divisions, the new party chairperson given a unanimous vote at the party’s national congress in Dodoma, said she will focus on capacity building among rank and file cadres to enable them reach more people, beyond the 12m card holding party members presently.
“We will continue the culture of self-criticism so that the party stays up to date and remains tuned to the needs of the people at this time,” she said, emphasising that the party has to keep abreast with changes happening around the world, apart from the local and regional scene.
Elaborating on the theme of openness in the country’s political life, the CCM chairperson said she will embrace the party’s tradition of holding open and transparent processes when seeking to find contestants for elective positions in the party and representative positions in state assemblies.
Having been in top leadership positions for most of the past two decades has given her the courage and confidence to lead the party at this stage, the chairperson noted, expressing the hope that the unity existing in the party shall enable her to steer the party in its task of leading the country’s development to the next level.
She briefly surveyed economic endeavors of the party in the past half decade, saying that a lot has been done to make the party more self sufficient. It has also conducted systematic verification of party properties and designed electronic payment systems to ensure that party revenues and property values are safeguarded.
Revenues rose from 50bn/- in 2016 to 60bn/- in the current year ending June 30, whereas during the verification process, the party’s asset value increased from 120bn/- in 2016 to 1.4trn/- in 2020/2021, she stated.
During the ruling party's extra-ordinary meeting which took place at the Jakaya Kikwete Convention Centre.in Dodoma, President Samia obtained all the 1,862votes cast in the meeting, on the basis of results announced by National Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai, who is also a member of the party Central Committee.
Ndugai said that a total 1,862 congress delegates attended the session and cast their votes. “There were no votes against the nominee. Therefore, Samia has garnered all 1,862 votes, equivalent to 100 percent of the votes cast,” he declared.
Earlier, Speaker of the Zanzibar's House of Representatives, Zubeir Ali Maulid declared Happiness Mgongo and Rehema Simba new members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) after they collected 839 and 867 votes respectively against four other candidates.
Kulwa Majiyabululu obtained 403 votes while Ashraf Sadru got 434 votes from the congress delegates. Nguvu Chengula had a higher tally of 542 and Salum Ngezi raked up 577 votes, he had earlier stated.