29.09.2008 @05:41 EAT CCM: Elect our candidate and we'll exhume chief's body By Felix Mwera, Tarime THE CITIZEN Chama Cha Mapinduzi has promised Tarime residents that it will exhume the remains of a Kurya chief who died nearly 70 years ago for fresh burial. This is among promises made by the ruling party on Saturday at an election rally for its candidate in next month's parliamentary by-election, Mr Ryoba Kangoye. Rorya MP and former Cabinet minister Philemon Sarungi told the rally in Kitenga Village that CCM would have the remains of Chacha Wandala, who was a pre-colonial chief for the Wakira clan of the Kurya ethnic group, exhumed and buried with honour. Prof Sarungi made the pledge as CCM intensified its campaign in the constituency ahead of the October 12 election. He made the bizarre promise after elders of the Wakira clan sought the party's commitment to the exhumation. The elders said those seeking their votes must promise to bring them the remains of the late Chief Wandala who was buried in 1940s some 100 kilometres away in Musoma Town for a decent burial back home. The elders maintained that they would only be ready to campaign and vote for the candidate who will promise to bring the remains to the area. We have been requesting this over the years following the burial of our chief at Ikizu in Musoma but no past MP has helped us despite similar promises. We want the remains so that our chief can be buried in accordance with the tradions of the Wakira clan, the elders told Prof Sarungi. Prof Saurngi said his father, the late Chief Sarungi Igogo, was a close friend of Chief Wandala, having struck their friendship when they fought together in the First World War. They were both on the German side fighting against the British and they won a huge battle in Tarime, the MP told the elders. The elders urged Mr Kangoye to intervene so that the Government could return the remains if he was elected. Meanwhile, a secondary school student was yesterday arrested for allegedly attempting to sell voters� cards at the Tarime CCM office. Head of special operations in the Police Force Venance Tossi said the 18-years-old student was arrested as he attempted to sell five voters� cards, including his own. The suspect is a student at Rebu Secondary School in Tarime Town. Mr Tossi said police were still investigating the matter, adding that the suspect was expected to appear in court today. "We want to establish how he got the cards because it is a criminal offence," he said. CCM officials immediately moved to distance the ruling party from the suspect. �We believed that he was sent by the Opposition but we seized him and took him to the police so that he can explain who sent him," party operative Charles Kurwa told journalists. The opposition Chadema said some CCM members had been buying voters� cards for as much as Sh20,000 each in areas where the opposition party enjoyed strong support. However, returning officer Trasias Kagenzi dismissed the claims, and challenged Chadema to provide evidence. Meanwhile, police have arrested two suspects in connection with violence at campaign meetings. The suspects, both in their early 20s, are expected to appear in court this week. Mr Tossi said they had information about a group calling itself Mungiki, which was planning unleash violence on voting day, and warned that police would deal ruthlessly with people behind the group. Hundreds of anti-riot police force has been dispatched in Tarime by the Government to maintain peace and order during the campaign period and on polling day. The law enforcers are also vigilant and conducting a special operations in villages notorious for bloody clashes that have claimed several lives and loss of property worth millions in Tarime.