Ali Karume, Mpina eye CCM nomination

Tuesday June 2 2015

By Jesse Mikofu and Mwinyi Sadalla

Zanzibar/Simiyu. The son of Zanzibar’s founding President Abeid Amani Karume, Mr Ali Karume, yesterday declared his intention to seek nomination as CCM’s candidate in the forthcoming presidential election.

The same intention was also declared by a youthful CCM politician and MP for Kisesa Constituency Mr Luhaga Mpina. Both aspirants spoke tough over corruption and said they will put up a spirited fight against embezzlement of public funds in the country.

A seasoned diplomat, Mr Karume said he is now more than confident that he can be one of the best options for his country to pick up for the top seat, banking on his leadership experience and skills.

He said if he is to be nominated by his party, and win the October General Election, the number one priority for his government will be agriculture, saying it is only with sufficient food reserves that a country can plan for other engagements.

“I beg to differ with other aspirants who sidelined agriculture on the top of the list, education is equally important but, one can’t concentrate on his studies if he is hungry,” he said.

He stressed that Tanzanians should judge all those declaring the intention to lead them on records of accountability. “This country needs a visionary leader who can abide by the rule of law, and combat corruption. Tanzanians need to revisit the history of all of us vying for the top seat, and reject those who failed in terms of accountability when they were given public positions.”

He also said that he is set to strengthen the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar and make sure peace is prevailing in the country. “It’s time to glorify our collective nationality, the thoughts of ‘Tanganyikaism’ or ‘Zanzibarism’ needs to be discouraged,” he noted. He also said, once in office he will uphold all development projects established by President Jakaya Kikwete in combating poverty, ignorance and diseases.

Mr Karume spent most of his service in the government at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, from 1985 to 2012. From 1985 to 1989 he was Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Tanzania in Brussels, Belgium, 1989 to 1993 Deputy Ambassador to the USA, he served as Ambassador and Director for Europe and Americas Department of the ministry from 1993 to 1996.