Bernard Membe to respond after he is expelled from CCM

Friday February 28 2020

Former Foreign Affairs minister, Mr Bernard

Former Foreign Affairs minister, Mr Bernard Membe. 

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

Dar es Salaam. Ruling party CCM has on Friday, February 28, 2020 expelled its cadre and former Foreign Affairs minister, Mr Bernard Membe.
The decisions were reached during the Central Committee (CC) meeting that among other things received and discussed a report submitted by its Ethics and Security committee.
Mr Membe through his twitter handle has promised to respond to his expulsion later in the day.
The committee was ordered to summon and question Mr Membe and former secretary generals Abdulrahman Kinana and Yusuph Makamba for an alleged misconduct indicating serious diversion from party ethics and traditions.
Reading the CC resolutions at the CCM Lumumba offices in the city, party’s secretary of Ideology and Publicity Humphrey Polepole said the decision to strip Mr Membe of membership was reached after following the trend of his behavior since 2014.
“He has been committing ethical violations since 2014 and received various warnings that intended to give him opportunity to change his behavior something he hasn’t. Therefore, the CC has resolved to strip off his party membership,” said Mr Polepole.
He said the CC also has extended a warning to former secretary general, Mr Kinana and that he will be under close observation for the coming 18 months.
“During this period he is not allowed to vie for any position, except that he is retains his  right to vote,” he said.
Regarding Mr Makamba, he said the CC of the National Executive Committee (NEC) has collectively resolved to forgive the former secretary general after displaying a high level of remorsefulness.
“During the whole period, Mr Makamba has been a gentlemen, obedient and humble to the party. Therefore, the CC meeting has collectively resolved to forgive him,” said Mr Polepole.
Mr Membe appeared before the CCM’s Ethics Committee in Dodoma on February 7, where he was grilled for five hours.
“I’m happy because I had an opportunity to deliberate and dialogue about national and party issues,” he said.
Mr Kinana and Makamba were questioned on February 10, this year at the CCM Lumumba offices in Dar es Salaam before their report was tabled before the CC.