Dodoma. CCM caucus yesternight endorsed former Deputy Attorney General, Dr Tulia Ackson, to contest the Deputy Speaker’s post.
The party confirmed the endorsement through its Twitter account, meaning she is destined to become the first Deputy Speaker who is not an elected MP.
However, she will have to wait for a general parliamentary vote on Thursday, a mere formality as CCM has the majority.
The four other CCM candidates who were contesting for the post reportedly stepped down.
Earlier, five ruling party lawmakers yesterday returned application forms seeking an endorsement to vie for Deputy Speaker position.
Speaking to reporters, the chairperson for CCM legislators, Ms Jenista Mhagama, said her office received five applications from her party. She named the aspirants as Dr Tulia Ackson who was nominated MP by President John Magufuli on Monday, and Mr Mussa Azzan (Ilala). The others are Ms Mariam Kisangi (Special Seats), Mr Sadifa Juma Khamis (Donge) and Ms Bahati Ali Hemed.
She said the ruling party MPs steering committee was to meet last evening to pick three names, among whom one name would be selected and forwarded to the office of the Clerk of National Assembly. She asked CCM MPs to adhere to the party’s principles and code of conduct in seeking various positions.
The selected MP will face Ms Magdalena Sakaya who is contesting the post through CUF, backed by opposition coalition Ukawa.
Ms Mhagama said all CCM MPs had the right to pick up application forms and that the ongoing rumours that some MPs were asked to pull out their names were not true.
MPs are expected to elect deputy speaker tomorrow.