Chadema candidate falls ill on the campaign trail By Polycarp Machira By Polycarp Machira THE CITIZEN Chadema's candidate for the Kiteto by-election, Mr Victor Kimesera, was yesterday airlifted to Dar es Salaam after falling ill while campaigning in the constituency. Mr Kimesera is among those vying for the seat following the death last year of CCM's Benedict Losurutia. A chartered plane carrying Mr Kimesera arrived at Dar es Salaam's Julius Nyerere International Airport shortly before 2pm. A Knight Support ambulance was on hand to rush the aspirant to Aga Khan Hospital. Efforts to get Mr Kimesera to comment on his illness failed. However, Chadema official Ben Kapwani, who accompanied Mr Kimesera from Manyara Region, said they were forced to fly the aspirant to Dar es Salaam after his condition deteriorated rapidly. He was seriously sick and could not walk. We had to carry him on stretcher and into an ambulance. He was complaining of acute stomach pains, said Dr Kapwani, who is also the Chadema Iringa regional chairman. Mr Kimesera was well until Saturday evening when they had supper together before retiring for the night. Dr Kapwani said he was woken up yesterday morning by their driver who informed him that Mr Kimesera was very ill. Being a medical doctor, Dr Kapwani administered First Aid on Mr Kimesera after which the patient vomited. It was then that it was decided that the candidate be flown to Dar es Salaam for further treatment. Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe told reporters yesterday that it was too early to speculate on the cause of Mr Kimesera�s illness, saying doctors were still trying to find out what he was suffering from. It's still too early to jump to conclusions, but nothing can be ruled out at this moment. We have many political enemies who will stop at nothing to derail our campaign for the seat, he said. Mr Mbowe added that prior to the campaign, the there was a petition by CCM members seeking to bar Mr Kimesera from vying for the seat. It was, however, thrown out on the grounds of lacking legal basis. He said Chadema stood a good chance of winning the seat after other opposition parties rallied behind its candidate, adding that Mr Kimesera's illness had not halted Chadema's campaign. People should not be discouraged by what has happened. We still have three teams campaigning in the region and hope to win the seat and save the people of Kiteto from endless problems, Mr Mbowe added.