Front Page 1Stiff competition for mayors seat By Mussa Juma and Staff Reporter
Who will take the drivers seat in transforming Arusha from a mediocre municipality to a planned tidy modern city? This is the question in many residents minds as the race has started in earnest with four individuals expressing the desire to hold the coveted title of the worship mayor of Arusha.
Three CCM councilors and one from opposition party Chadema are vying for the seat. If Chadema candidate wins then Arusha would for the first time have a mayor from the opposition party. Already the city, the second most important in Tanzania, is represented in parliament by an opposition party member, Mr. Godbless Lema.
CCM councilors vying to become deputy mayor of Arusha are Julius Sekeyan representing Terrat Ward and Alfonse Mawazo of Sombetin.
Mpamba said he was not expecting others to fill in the forms as the deadline had already passed. What was pending, he said, was a CCM committee meeting to elect candidates for the mayoral
post and that of the deputy. The names of special seats councilors were also yet to be known.
Meanwhile, Chadema is fielding Estomihi Malla, councilor for Kimandolu to contest for the mayors seat. Mr. Malla, an accountant by profession ousted former mayor of Arusha , Heidi in the ward elections. Among those speculated to vie for the position of deputy mayor on Chadema ticket are John Bayo councilor for Elerai Ward, Michael Kivuyo of TLP and Charles Mpanda of Chadema representing Kaloleni Ward.
The Arusha City Council will comprise 10 CCM councilors, 9 from Chadema (including the member of parliament) and one from TLP. The count does not include special seats representatives who are yet to be named.
Arusha municipality was officially declared city by President Jakaya Kikwete mid this year an elevation that saw six villages in Arusha rural district being made put under the Arusha city jurisdiction . The entire Moshoro ward east of Arusha was curved from Arusha rural district and added to the city.
built to reduce traffic congestion in the city centre.
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