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August 2012, BY SYLIVESTER DOMASA
The government has launched an investigation to establish the truth about political parties said to have been receiving dirty money from developed countries sponsors contrary to the governing laws. Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda made the announcement yesterday when responding to a supplementary question in the National Assembly from Nkasi North MP, Ali Kessi Mohamed (CCM).
The legislator had wanted the government to clarify on legal actions it is taking on politicians and political parties receiving dirty money for their political activities. Pinda acknowledged that the government was already working on the issue after receiving tips.
“We will investigate the matter as much as possible to determine those involved and possibly take legal action against them,” he said. The government statement comes a few days after the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) accused the opposition Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA) of receiving money from donors for its operations countrywide, but were also unscrupulously soliciting donations from the already impoverished wananchi. Speaking to Journalists in Dar es Salaam, CCM Ideology and Publicity Secretary, Nape Nauye had claimed that CHADEMA has received billions of shillings from its donors for the party’s ongoing operations.
“The most insidious thing is that they don’t even tell their fellow party leaders and their members about the sources of the billions…” the secretary alleged and that the opposition party did deceptively, on several occasions, conduct fundraising functions. “…we need to ask ourselves, why these funds are provided to CHADEMA …Why is this fund being hidden even from leaders of the party?”
he added. The secretary called upon the party to clarify the source of funding but warned that should it fail, CCM will publicise the confidential contract which they claim to have in their possession. But John Mnyika, CHADEMA Director of Information and Publicity denied the allegations, claiming that such information is a ploy to weaken the party’s ongoing publicity campaign titled, ‘People’s Power’ in contributing the Movement for Change (M4C) operation. He termed the CCM claims as ‘dirty propaganda’ and a sign of, in his words, distress over CHADEMA’s apparently growing popularity.