The fall of Lowassa: CCM, Opposition compete for credit By Sunday Citizen Reporter The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi and the Opposition are each claiming credit for this week's ignominious exit of former prime minister Edward Lowassa and two cabinet ministers. Outspoken MP for Karatu (Chadema) Dr Willibrod Slaa told the Sunday Citizen on Friday that the opposition parties in the National Assembly were the ones who initiated the move to probe the controversial agreement that granted a briefcase firm, Richmond Development Company, the tender to supply emergency electricity. Dr Slaa said CCM members of Parliament simply jumped into an initiative of the Opposition geared at ridding the nation of corrupt leadership. They ruling party politicians gave the nod to the Parliamentary Select Committee because they didn't have an option. Would you expect them to keep mum on such an important issue? He said CCM legislators have a well-known tradition of partisanship, supporting their own when they were wrong even on matters of grave national interest. Did you see how people celebrated on learning of Lowassa's offer to resign? That was an indication that people are fed up, and the CCM camp realised their partisanship could spell doom for them; so they decided to play smart in order to lure wananchi back to their party, he said. According to Dr Slaa, Tanzanians elect personalities, and not parties; so anyone who appears to spearhead people�s interests can win their votes. On his part, CCM Publicity Secretary John Chiligati said his party always stood for public interest, unconditionally, and that the ruling party deserves credit for its stance that pushed Lowassa to step down, followed by former Minister for Energy and Minerals Nazir Karamagi and the Minister for East African Cooperation Dr Ibrahim Msabaha who was Karamagi's predecessor in the energy ministry. He said his party is proud of its MPs for standing firm on the Richmond investigation report that recommended the resignation of Lowassa. This is typical of CCM. Traditionally we are a party that puts national interest first, he boasted.