Seif: JPM, Shein visits were about health, not politics

12Mar 2016
Aisia Rweyemamu
The Guardian
Seif: JPM, Shein visits were about health, not politics

CIVIC United Front Secretary General Seif Shariff Hamad has disclosed to the media that the intent of the visit by the President John Magufuli and Zanzibar President Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein was solely aimed at knowing his recovery progress and not to discuss the Zanzibar poll rerun.

President of Zanzibar, Dr Ali Mohamed Shein (l) pay a courtesy call to Maalim Seif Sharif Hamad (r) recently.

He said Zanzibaris need not be afraid because there weren’t any discussions conducted regarding the political situation in the Isles.

Maalim Seif who is also the First Vice President in Zanzibar said this in Dar es Salaam yesterday during a visit by former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa at the Serena Hotel where he currently stays following his discharge from Hindu Mandal hospital in Dar es Salaam earlier this week.

Maalim Seif explained that the Zanzibar issue is very serious, that its discussion needs proper recovery on his part, therefore due to his health he wasn’t able to discuss the issue.

The CUF secretary general affirmed that he is now doing well although he is under doctor’s instructions to have proper rest.

“My health is improving. I can walk four to six times per day but I will continue to stay here until being released by doctors,” he said while standing outside his resting room.

Speaking after the visit, Lowasa said he went there purposely for update on the Isles leader’s health condition and not for political issues.

Early this week President Dr. John Pombe Magufuli visited the Isles First Vice President after being released from hospital.

Maalim Seif was admitted on Friday after developing a sudden illness while aboard a plane to Dar es Salaam, and hospitalized on arrival.

Reports said a day before flying to Dar es Salaam he had a discussion with Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, on ways to minimize red tape in the issuance of residence identity cards for Zanzibar.

It was the third time for Maalim Seif and the Zanzibar president to hold talks since the polls and a meeting at the Zanzibar State House for ground-breaking discussions on November 5 last year.