From MARC NKWAME in Arusha, 7th January 2011 DAIKY NEWS THE Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (Chadema) has dismissed pleas from the Home Affairs Minister, Mr Shamsi Vuai-Nahodha, who wants peace negotiations between the government and the opposition party. ''We are not ready to negotiate with leaders who breached their own permit for peaceful demonstration and went ahead to deploy police officers to kill innocent people,'' stated Dr Wilbroad Slaa in Arusha on Friday. Dr Slaa said this shortly after visiting his wife, Josephine, at Mount Meru Hospital where she was admitted following serious injuries suffered last Wednesday when police officers used force to disperse Chadema demonstrators. The Chadema Secretary General, who also ran for the presidency in last October elections, insisted that his party had official rights sealed with a written permit from the Registrar of Political Parties, Mr John Tendwa, to conduct the open air rally on January 5. ''We have been speaking with Mr Tendwa all day over the phone. On January 4, as I was driving from Dar es Salaam to Arusha the registrar sent the written permit both to my office in Dar es Salaam and through my email, which I accessed via a laptop,'' he said. The email indicated that Chadema was permitted to hold a rally in Arusha. Dr Slaa said he was not only surprised but also shocked when police vehicles turned up at the rally at Unga Limited and started throwing tear-gas canisters. The attack caused a stampede with people fleeing in disarray. Some got injured in the process. "If they were ready to break our first agreement to the extent of having people die, how can we be so sure that they will adhere to any other agreement?" asked Dr Slaa. Party founder Mr Edwin Mtei said the ongoing animosity proves that Chadema was on the right course towards attaining real democracy in Tanzania and that those currently in power should not regard their position as their birth right. On Thursday Mr Shamsi Vuai Nahodha told a news conference in Dar es Salaam that his office was ready to sit down for talks with Chadema in effort to solve the recurring political conflicts. The greatest problem stems from Arusha's mayoral elections in which Mr Gaudence Lyimo, a CCM councillor was voted into office by his party representatives in the absence of Chadema councillors. Four people were killed in the January 5 fracas and over 30 others, including Dr Slaa's wife, seriously wounded in three chaotic episodes. The Regional Medical Officer, Dr Salash Toure, said here that the Mount Meru Hospital received four bodies and 26 injured victims from the January 5 chaos. Most of the injured suffered bullet wounds. Three of them died at the hospital while undergoing treatment. Dr Toure named the deceased as Ismail Omar, Dennis Michael, George Waitara and an unknown person who was brought to the hospital gasping for air. He died before he could utter a word. The RMO added that so far the hospital is treating 19 victims of the political chaos including Mrs Josephine Slaa, the wife of the Secretary General of CHADEMA and the party's 2010 presidential candidate, Dr Wilbroad Slaa.