Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Masha quits Chadema, Dr Mashinji questions the abrupt move


By Louis Kolumbia @Collouis1999 lkolumbia@tz.nationmedia.com

Former Home Affairs Minister, Mr Laurence Masha on Tuesday November 14 quit Chadema, a party he joined during the 2015 general election.

In his resignation letter, Mr Masha said he was not satisfied with the nature of politics in the opposition party.

He said Chadema’s politics did not show the real intention of forming an alternative government through its philosophy, policies and leadership.

“Therefore, Me Laurence Kego Masha, I’m resigning my Chadema membership starting from the date of release of this letter. I hope my hope my decision will give me time to recite to my political journey in this country,” he said.

He challenged the present opposition politics which depended on criticizing the ruling CCM, but in actual sense, he said the movement helped CCM to correct itself.

He warned the opposition from expecting to form the government by criticizing CCM, instead of strengthening their ability and showing alternative leadership.

The former Nyamagana Member of Parliament said the opposition was investing much in opposing President John Magufuli who has been practically working on issues that couldn’t be corrected by his predecessors.

“They have been shouting on issues like fraud and lack of accountability of public servants,” he said.

Mr Masha who joined Chadema from CCM shortly before the 2015 General Elections said his two year experience in the party has shown him that Chadema had a long political journey to go before forming the government accountable to the public.

 However, Mr Masha said he fully understands that criticizing the ruling party was one of the functions of opposition parties across the world.

Chadema secretary general Dr Vincent Mashinji said the party has welcomed his resignation with a clean heart since resignation was a member’s constitutional right but he called on Mr Masha to say the actual reasons for his resignation.

“Mr Masha is a well-educated person, he is a lawyer. He joined Chadema after being attracted by policies, ideologies and philosophy which are still existing. He should provide strong reasons why is leaving the party now,” he said.