Finn's Facts : CCM must expel anti-Kikwete group FINNIGAN WA SIMBEYE DAR ES SALAAM A GROUP of controversial filthy-rich ruling party members is unhappy with President Jakaya Kikwete's onslaught on high level graft. The group which has since the Third Phase administration amassed wealth illegally using public office, sees President Kikwete who is also the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi national chairman as a danger to their customary style of living. This group which boasts of having members within the rank and file of the ruling party, over the past decade used public offices to forge an evil empire which embezzled public funds, confided to business government secrets, especially that owned by foreigners, owned private companies which entered into dubious deals with the government and enacted a law to bribe voters in order to retain public office. This group of thieving politicians who command a sizeable following in the bureaucracy is alleged to have started the campaign last year when CCM held elections for national executive committee members. The group's bid to stuff the party's NEC with their faithful, partially hit snag however, thanks to timely intervention by Prevention and Combating of Corruption Bureau. Huge sums of money have so far allegedly been raised to bribe some of the party's impoverished members from grass-root to national level so that come 2010, this faction of thieving politicians will question the justification of having Mr Kikwete as CCM presidential aspirant automatically as has always been the tradition while the party's constitution does not say so. The highly corrupt CCM faction which is so tiny even to convince a good part of the party's over 1,500 national congress delegates, believes that Kikwete is treading a dangerous lane by seeking to end high level graft. This faction of super rich, highly controversial politicians strongly believe that having Kikwete through to 2015, may expose the party to possible defeat to the opposition which has made a strong showing in parliamentary debates in recent days. The idea is to get rid of the president and national chairman whose courage and determination to cleanse the party as earlier stressed by the country's founder father, the late Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, is threatening their future political and private business careers. In order to stop this malicious campaign which involves some sections of the corrupt private owned media by some of the owners, CCM's central committee and NEC must act tough to weed out such elements which are a danger not only to the party but also to the country as a whole. It is obvious that what this faction of thieving politicians wants to do is maintain the status quo when State House and Parliament used to perform illegitimate business deals in the interest of individuals who were entrusted custody of such distinguished offices by the Tanzanian public. This country's leadership hierarchy went rotten to the core when a sitting president and his energy minister started a company which took over vital public property such as Kiwira coal mines of Mbeya, while other senior leaders involve themselves in a mailbox company called Richmond Development Company. President Kikwete and competent House Speaker Samuel Sitta have started a crusade or jihad which must stay its course and ensure that in 2010 the majority of thieving filthy rich politicians are removed from public office and given ample time to attend to their businesses. We definitely need to separate private business and public office despite the courageous resistance from politicians with questionable character who have the abnormal courage to question and ridicule the authenticity of a Controller and Auditor General's report which clearly states public institutions like the Bank of Tanzania (BoT) are deliberately used to overpay hefty sums of money to private companies.