Dodoma. The Director General of the Medical Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), Dr Mwele Malecela, is to plunge into politics, enlisting among over two dozen individuals now seeking the nomination of the ruling party to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete.
Dr Malecela, who was appointed in 2010 as the first woman to head NIMR, is scheduled to pick up the CCM nomination forms for presidency tomorrow in a race that has so far attracted 24 candidates, including seasoned politicians and other novices in the party.
According to the CCM Secretary for Organisation, Dr Mohammed Seif Khatib, Dr Malecela and another aspirant he named as Eldefonce Bihole, will collect the forms tomorrow at the party’s headquarters in Dodoma, to become only the second woman to do so. No one has so far been scheduled to pick up the forms today.
Even though the respected researcher has not publicly shown her interest in politics, she is the daughter of Tanzania’s former Vice President and Prime Minister John Samwel Malecela.
It was not clear yesterday if Dr Malecela has decided to plunge into politics for good or if she would still retain her position at NIMR as she goes through the nomination process. Efforts by The Citizen to reach her yesterday were futile.
Meanwhile, three more aspirants picked up their forms in Dodoma yesterday.
They were the minister for Natural Resources and Tourism, Mr Lazaro Nyalandu, a former soldier Mr Peter Nyalali and a CCM cadre, Mr Leonce Mulenda.
With a group of supporters including his wife, Ms Faraja Kota, Mr Nyalandu, told reporters that his would be a government banking on the success recorded by his predecessor. It will not be retaliatory, he said.
He also promised to maintain the Union “even if another party wins on the other side of the Union.”
Mr Nyalandu said also that in youths, he doesn’t see a time bomb but an opportunity to strengthen the economy of the nation. He said his dream was to ensure that vocational training is introduced at every level of schooling to institutionalise self-employment.
There was little pomp as Nyalali arrived in a taxi and told reporters afterwards that being a president does not necessarily need the euphoria beingwitnessed.
Mr Nyalali, whose background is military service, is among CCM members who in 2010 contested the Temeke parliamentarian seat which was won by Mr Abbas Mtemvu. He emerged third out of nine aspirants.
But that did not deter him from contesting the the Speaker’s seat.