For Ngorongoro residents Dr. Slaa is no stranger to them. They know his record as an MP for Karatu for fifteen years i.e. 1995-2010. They quite well remember what he has done in Karatu District where in his electoral promises of 1995, provision of water for Karatu District ranked highest in the voters' minds. Karatu Township was without clean and reliable water. In a war of words of 1995, between Dr. Slaa who was gunning Karatu constituent against CCM formidable candidate - Mr. Patrick Qorro- Dr. Slaa promised voters the whole constituent would have clean and reliable water. [It is a promise he delivered in time after being an MP.] At that time his NGO was in the final stages of supplying water for the Karatu Township and his promise did not impress voters as hyperbole, at all. Previous to that, Mr. Qorro was on the record upbraiding voters that there was no way he could supply the Township with water and he went further to suggest that… "Maybe they wanted him to urinate as recourse for that mirage request." With Dr. Slaa delivering on his promises, the Chadema bandwagon was unstoppable. Karatu became a District Council under Chadema leadership from 1995-2005!!!!!!! An imaginable feat when you re-appraised CCM ironclad hold on power almost everywhere else in this country. Prior to that, voters' wish to nominate him as CCM was upended by the Mkapa central committee whereby Mr. Qorro was a darling of Mr. Mkapa. Like during the early years of independence where people' choice was quashed by higher authorities in Tanu, the then independent turned candidate one Sarawat defeated Tanu in the ballot box!!! Dr. Slaa's triumph as Chadema MP was more of a Sarawat déjà vu. The record most Tanzanians' are very versed with of Dr. Slaa is his personal onslaught against national graft swillers. This is a record which resonates well, just like the karatu's epic story, with the Ngorongoro voters… But beyond that, there are other piquant electoral issues defining and animating voters there : The choice of Mr. Parkipurny to vie the Ngorongoro constituent in Chadema colours. Mr. Parkipurny was an ex- MP for the same constituent from 1985-90. He was by then a CCM MP in a one party state but even there he showed the mettle to foist a one party maladministration to peek in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority's injustice exacted by the then conservator of Ngorongoro Mr. Ole Saibul (Now deceased). The issue Mr. Parkipurny raised in the House was Mr. Saibul was knocking out livelihoods of local maasai in favour of the wildlife. The House hastily constitued a parliamentary probe team under Ms. Tabitha Siwale chair. After sifting through all evidence before them, the probe team recommended Mr. Saibul be relinquished of his prestigious post and reassigned other duties. From then onwards, the stature of Mr. Parkipurny for Ngorongoro pastoralists skyrocked to dizzying heights. This is an issue Mr. Parkipurny vibrates to voters of Ngorongoro Ward where the matter is the most pertinent. Voters there are miffed by the government decision to ban cultivation and the immediate MP Saning'o Telele is viewed with suspicion as part of that skulduggery to move the locals out of the conservation area, a charge Mr. Telele strongly denies. Mr. Telele often cite his removal from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority Board of Directors as irrefutable evidence that he, too, is a casualty because of fighting for the rights of his people. In Loliondo Division, the issues of Ortello Hunting Company is the most burning one. Voters there suspect top government officials are secretly benefiting from the hunting block of Loliondo. The hunting company has built a secondary school, an airport among other developments but there is a sense of being shortchanged and that under different leadership setup locals could have benefited more. Names like Abdullahman Kinana are frequently mentioned as the chief architects of the whole saga. In Sale Division whereof the Sonjos are the minority, unlike the rest where Maasai dominate, the issues there are the fear of a smaller tribe being swallowed by a larger Maasai tribe. Here, CCM aspirant Saning'o Telele seems to have an upper edge because he avers he had changed the course of history after campaigning vigourously for a Sonjo to be Chairperson of the Ngorongoro District Council. He proclaims that without his solo efforts Maasai would have been able to continue dominating all decision making dockets in the District. It is an issue that leaves Mr. Parkipurny perplexed at the moment. But the Sonjos being the minority, a sense of inevitability and entitlement vibrate in Mr. Parkipurny's camp. Presidential votes there seem to tilt to Dr. Slaa because Karatu is closer to them and they are more familiar to his achievements than from other candidates. CCM have been pushing an argument that because ‘Dr. Slaa won't win the election' then they should vote for Kikwete but most voters appear ready to embrace change and the fizzy exhilaration of being part of that historical phenomen of voting CCM out of the pot of power, once and for all. CCM is also trying to paint Mr. Parkipurny as unreliable : Mentally deranged and a paedophile. But these transient tactics of character assassination appear far-fetched and, so far, have failed to stick upon Mr. Parkipurny's persona.