Mukama: I will fight corrupt CCM leaders Tuesday, 12 April 2011 21:55 By Habel Chidawali The Citizen Correspondent Dodoma. The newly appointed secretary general of the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), Mr Wilson Mukama, yesterday put on notice what he termed as corrupt elements within the partys top leadership.Mr Mukama, who succeeded Mr Yusuf Makamba in the much-anticipated changes to reinvigorate the party, which is under increasing challenge from the opposition, is a former seasoned civil servant. It did not surprise many that only a day after assuming the key office in Tanzanias biggest party, he was out flexing his muscles. He warned the party members implicated in corruption scandals to either quit or be prepared to face the music. Mr Mukama, who held various government posts, including that of permanent secretary in the Ministry of Water, before he went into retirement, was speaking at the partys headquarters in Dodoma, only a day after taking office. For the party to regain its credibility in the eyes of the public, he said, it would have to front members not tainted with corruption. Speaking in an interview with The Citizen shortly after holding talks with regional CCM executives, the newly appointed party boss said the toughest challenge ahead would be to restore discipline within the party. However, Mr Mukama did not name names, appearing keen to let the corrupt sort themselves out. Announcing new members of the partys Central Committee and secretariat on Monday, the national chairman, President Jakaya Kikwete, told the members implicated in graft to cleanse themselves within three months. Mr Kikwete said if they would not do so, the party would be forced to take punitive measures against them. He did also not mention any names. Yesterday, Mr Mukama said: Our challenge is to build a new CCM, and this can be achieved by having only clean members. We must rebuild our party. Mr Mukamas assent to the top party office has been received with mixed reactions from various people, including political analysts. All those implicated in corruption allegations should start quitting now in order to protect our partys credibility, he said. He said CCMs ideology and policies were still generally acceptable to the people, but declared that some difficult decisions would have to be made. Some CCM members have been implicated in high profile graft scandals, including the infamous $30.8 million Kagoda Agriculture Company, the controversial $172 million Richmond emergency power contract and the Sh221billion Bank of Tanzania Twin Towers construction rip-off. To restructure the party, Mr Mukama said he would oversee major decisions made by the partys top decision-making organs, including its reorganisation of the party from grassroots. He pledged to protect and cherish the partys ideology of Ujamaa and Self-reliance, saying it had been CCMs major policy since its founding. He said another challenge ahead was to make sure that the party won landslide victories in forthcoming elections. Our mission should be to ensure that the party fulfills its obligations to make the people to have trust and vote for the it in future elections, he said. Mr Mukama noted that CCMs has large majority in Parliament was sound political capital. CCM has 258 MPs in the Tenth Parliament against the Oppositions 84. Asked to comment on the growing competition from opposition parties, he said: The current political situation does not deny me my sleep.The new party chief executive spent most of his time yesterday meeting with his incoming lieutenants, including the deputy secretary general for the Mainland, Captain (rtd) John Chiligati, his Zanzibar counterpart, Mr Vuai Ali Vuai, and the party publicity secretary, Mr Nape Nnauye. Mr Mukama was appointed on Monday after two days of guessing and speculation, on who would replace Mr Makamba.In the ruling partys new line-up, Mr January Makamba, the outgoing secretary generals son, took the post of head of foreign affairs, replacing Mr Bernard Membe, the minister for Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation. However, political analysts said CCM should go a step beyond the change of personalities to enable the party cope with the demands of the current competitive political environment.Besides Captain (rtd) Chiligati, who was the publicity secretary, the rest of the secretariat comprises fresh faces now tasked with the delicate duty of handling CCMs day-to-day affairs. Mr Chiligati has succeeded Captain (Rtd) George Mkuchika, while Mr Vuai has taken over from Mr Saleh Ramadhan Feruz. The National Execution Committee (NEC), one of the ruling partys top decision-making organs, also announced names of members of its Central Committee, notably dropping political heavyweights such as Igunga MP Rostam Aziz and his Bariadi West counterpart, Mr Andrew Chenge. The new Mainland CC members announced by President Kikwete are Mr Abdulrahman Kinana, Ms Zakia Meghji, Mr Abdallah Kigoda, Mr Steven Wassira, Ms Pindi Chana, Mr William Lukuvi and Ms Constancia Buhiye. The Zanzibar CC members are Dr Hussein Mwinyi, Dr Maua Daftari, Ms Samia Suluhu Hassan, Mr Shamsi Vuai Nahodha, Mr Omari Yusuf Mzee, Mr Makame Mbarawa Mnyaa and Mr Mohamed Seif Khatibu. The members of the party secretariat are: Mr Mukama, Mr Chiligati, Mr Vuai, Mr Makamba (Foreign Affairs), Mr Mungulu Mchemba (Finance and Economic Affairs), Ms Asha Abdallah Juma (Organisation) and Mr Nnauye (Publicity). President Kikwete also named the new NEC members as Ms Anna Abdallah, Mr Peter Kisumo, Mr Mchemba, Mr Makamba, Mr Ali Juma Shamhuna, Mr Emmanuel Nchimbi, Mr Mukama and Haji Omari Kheri.