aliyejipatia mkopo wa mabilioni toka BoT katika mazingira ya kutatanisha na hadi hii leo hajarudisha hata senti moja. ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Wednesday December 09, 2009 Local News Mzindakaya hits at Kikwete's critics DAILY NEWS Reporter, 8th December 2009 @ 15:10, VETERAN politician Dr Chrisant Mzindakaya yesterday attacked critics of President Jakaya Kikwete's leadership, saying in most cases their accusations and complaints against him were not based on facts. "It is also not proper to single out Mr Kikwete alone, instead of the entire leadership that collectively runs the country," said Dr Mzindakaya, the Member of Parliament for Kwela constituency (CCM), in Rukwa Region. "Such kind of criticism is totally myopic and uncalled for. In a democratic set-up criticism is always healthy, but must be constructive and non-partisan, as opposed to personal intrigues," he said. He said Mr Kikwete was elected along with MPs, Councillors and other leaders at grass roots level. "The entire leadership is, therefore, collectively responsible for the success of the country or otherwise. Ours is not a one-man show," he stressed. The legislator's comments came a day after President Kikwete hit back at his critics, saying he is not surprised by utterances from some of the people. He said at the Julius Nyerere International Airport (JNIA) on Monday shortly after arriving from tour of Latin America, that he would scrutinise the comments and react to constructive criticisms only. Some speakers at the symposium on the state of politics organised by Mwalimu Nyerere Foundation blamed the Fourth Phase government and President Kikwete in particular for what they described as "failure to deal with corrupt figures." The symposium was organised by the foundation as part of activities to mark the 10th anniversary of the passing of the Father of the Nation, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. Dr Mzindakaya, the longest serving MP, having been the legislator for over 45 years, noted that the critics should appreciate that the Fourth Phase Government was implementing plans by preceding CCM governments. He said the current leadership was implementing the CCM Election Manifesto of 2005, which is in line with the 2025 National Development Vision. Meanwhile, two senior leaders of Tanzania Labour Party (TLP) yesterday joined CCM. The defectors, Mr Aidan Makwanga who was Secretary of TLP Kilimanjaro Region and Shaban Mtengo, Deputy Regional Secretary, said TLP was losing direction. They also said that the party's National Chairman, Mr Augustine Mrema, had failed the party. The CCM Secretary General, Yusuf Makamba, who received the officials at the party's sub-head office in Dar es Salaam said he would use the two figures in political campaigns in northern regions. "President Jakaya Kikwete is doing well. Why should I remain in the opposition?" queried Mtengo.