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More heads roll after Hamad’s expulsion

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    Published On: Thu, Jan 5th, 2012
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    CUF Deputy Secretary General (Mainland), Mr Julius Mtatiro.

    A day after the National Governing Council of the Civic United Front (CUF) expelled the Wawi Legislator, Hamad Rashid Mohamed and three others, the party on Thursday fired three party's District Chairmen.

    However, Mr Hamad and his colleagues, Mr Shoka Khamis Juma, Mr Doya Hassan Doya and Mr Juma Said Sanani said that they were still bonafide members of CUF on the strength of a court injunction.

    CUF Deputy Secretary General (Mainland), Mr Julius Mtatiro, said when briefing journalists on the Council's meeting held in
    Zanzibar on Wednesday, that the sacked chairmen were among the party's "rebels".

    He named the sacked district CUF chairmen as Mr Doni Waziri (Ilala), Mr Mohammed Albadawi (Temeke), and Mr Haji Nanjase (Nachingwea). Mr Mtatiro said the Council also sacked its Ilala District Secretary, Mr Masaga Masaga. He said the Council has reprimanded three members, who are - Kirungi Amir Kirungi, Tamim Omar Tamim and Ayubu Musa Kimangale.

    "The council also cleared other two members after it was found out that they were not among the ‘rebels' and apologised for including them in the list of saboteurs," he said. He named them as Yusuph Mbungiro and Ahmed Issa. Mr Mtatiro denied claims by Mr Hamad that the Council was provided with a court injunction which it ignored and continued holding the meeting that ended up in expelling some members.

    "We did not receive any court order and had there been a court order it should have been submitted at least a day or two before the Council's meeting. "Therefore, as far as the party is concerned, Hamad Rashid is not our member nor our MP," he maintained.

    Mr Mtatiro called on all members who are not satisfied with the ruling to appeal to the party's general assembly as per the party's constitution. According to him, Mr Hamad was accused mainly on 11 offences most of which were focused on ruining the party's image, defaming leaders and instigating a rebellion.

    Mr Hamad told a news conference yesterday that he and his colleagues do not recognise their expulsion and vowed to seek legal redress. "The whole process was illegal. The Council desperately failed to observe principles of natural justice. It was a case where the Council was the judge of its own cause where bias was manifestly displayed.

    This is totally unfair," he lamented. Legal experts say there are two rules that natural justice is concerned with – the rule against bias (nemo iudex in causa sua) and the right to a fair hearing (audi alteram partem). Mr Hamad also noted that he was shocked by the decision of the Council to ignore the High Court's injunction order issued in
    Dar es Salaam, that directed the meeting to be called off.

    "It is astonishing to see some of our senior leaders who fought hard for the rule of law, independence of the judiciary and the right to fair hearing are now the ones who are defying court orders," he said. Mr Hamad vowed to continue with his activities as a party member and collaborate with those who support his efforts of what he called "cleansing the party".

    "The party is not moving on the right track, we want to see changes to ensure that the party's strength is regained, corruption is rampant and the party is based mainly on
    Zanzibar undermining TanzaniaMainland," he said. The legislator reiterated that during October last year's by-elections in Igunga, the party spent over 300m/- extravagantly and the other 500m/- is yet to be accounted for.

    He said: "I may consider forming a new party after consulting colleagues but my electorate in Wawi have phoned me saying that they are ready to vote for me against all odds and through any party of my choice," he said. On Wednesday, Mr Mtatiro told journalists in
    Zanzibar that two-third of the 56 delegates to the meeting chaired by the Secretary General, Mr Seif Sharif Hamad, accepted the expulsion of ‘rebel' members as punishment for violating the party's constitution.

    Meanwhile, the Registrar of Political Parties, Mr John Tendwa, and United Democratic Party (UDP) Chairman, Mr John Cheyo, have faulted the current fashion of political parties to expel their members including MPs.

    The CUF's decision came just 18 days after NCCR-Mageuzi also kicked out Kigoma South legislator David Kafulila. Mr Tendwa and Cheyo said instead of cementing democracy within the parties, the decisions were threatening and edifying trepidation among members.

    Mr Tendwa said before reaching such decision, the parties should think on the impact as it was not only costing a party but also it was a burden to tax-payers. He said despite the fact the parties have the mandate to do so but wisdom and tolerance should prevail. He said that conducting a by-election was an expensive business as government has to spend billions of money.

    "These parties should know that conducting by-elections is very expensive, firing a legislator should be last option …we do not promote democracy in this way and instead inculcating cowardice among party's members," he stressed. Mr Tendwa underscored the need of having arbitration system outside the party so that when a member comes into loggerhead with leaders they could be mediated. He said after the arbitration process is exhausted and fails, then Central Committee could come in and act.

    By ABDULWAKIL SAIBOKO, Tanzania Daily News