We’re ready to lead unity govt: CUF

Sunday November 1 2015

CUF deputy secretary general Nassor Ahmed

CUF deputy secretary general Nassor Ahmed Mazrui 

By Salma Said

Zanzibar. Opposition Civic United Front (CUF) said yesterday it was ready to work with the ruling CCM under a government of national unity.

CUF deputy secretary general Nassor Ahmed Mazrui told a news conference here that there was no need of worrying about that when the party’s secretary general, Mr Seif Sharif Hamad, became leader of the clove-Islands.

“Our party assures all Zanzibaris of a peaceful leadership under CUF as we are awaiting for the election results,” said Mr Mazrui.

At the same time, CCM deputy secretary general for Zanzibar, Mr Vuai Ali Vuai, told another press conference that the party supported the decision by the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) to nullify the elections. “There were lots of irregularities,” said Mr Vuai.

On Wednesday, the Zanzibar electoral body, through its chairman Jecha Salim Jecha, announced the nullification of the elections in the archipelago saying the polls held on October 25 were faced with irregularities. Mr Jecha said the elections were nullified following breach of electoral laws and regulations.

However, in a joint statement, international election observers appealed to ZEC to act with full transparency in its decision to nullify the elections. The Delegation of the European Union in Tanzania on Friday joined the international community in appealing to the ZEC to resume and complete the tallying and announcement of vote results swiftly.

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Other countries that appealed for the resumption of the electoral process include the United States and the United Kingdom.

On Friday, legal experts in the country called for a speedy resumption of the vote tallying and announcement of the Zanzibar elections results to avoid a constitutional crisis.

On the other hand, Mr Hamad said if ZEC would not issue any statement regarding the just concluded General Election by the end of today, he would leave the matter to the people to decide what to do.

“We believe that the international community and all Tanzanians who believe in peace and human rights will back the Zanzibaris in whatever decision they take,’’ he said in a statement.

According to Mr Hamad, he had repeatedly tried many times to call Union President, Mr Jakaya Kikwete, and sent messages through his aides with the aim of meeting him to resolve the crisis, but claimed that Mr Kikwete avoided speaking to him.

He added that he had written a letter to Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, the President of Zanzibar, in the hope of finding a solution. He claimed that his efforts to reach out to Dr Shein had by yesterday proved futile as he (Shein) did not pick his phone calls.