Imetoka BBC Tanzania president urged to quit Shockwaves from the blasts were felt throughout the city A Tanzanian opposition party is calling for the resignation of the president and defence minister, over a recent deadly blast at an ammunition depot. The National Convention for Construction and Reform (NCCR) says the government was negligent to allow the weapons so near a residential area. Twenty-six people died and hundreds were injured by the blasts on the outskirts of the capital Dar es Salaam. The government said it cannot comment until an official inquiry is completed. The BBC's Vicky Ntetema in Dar es Salaam says this is the first time a political party has come out with such a direct attack on the government, nearly a fortnight since the explosions near Mbagala army base. Accountability Speaking to the BBC's Network Africa, Samuel Ruhuza, secretary general of the NCCR, said: "These missiles, they have to be kept not in Dar es Salam, because the city is expanding. Who invited them there? It was the government. "After his resignation [Defence Minister Hussein Mwinyi], in a really democratic government, this was supposed to be the president [Jakaya Kikwete] who would resign. "It would be absolutely right [if he did]. As soon as possible. They have been very late. This involves people's lives." Responding, the defence minister told Network Africa he could not comment until an inquiry into the explosions was concluded. The investigation was commissioned last week. The armoury next to the army camp, which lies 14km (nine miles) outside the city centre, contains arms used in military operations for the African Union. Kikwete naye afuate nyayo za Lowassa? Si ndo kuwajibika huko? Tufuate demokrasia ya nchi zilizoendelea au na sisi tuangalie mfumo wetu wenyewe? Nadhani kwa muundo wa katiba yetu, Rais hawezi kuwajibika kwa ishu kama hii. Maana ukumbuke kwa nchi kama Uingereza, wao hawamchagui waziri mkuu, na hivyo yeye akitoka, mwingine kupokea ni rahisi, kwetu sisi hadi uchaguzi!