Sep 25, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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Chadema expels 19 special seats MPs

Chadema’s General Assembly expelled 19 special-seat MPs who had previously appealed the National Executive Committee’s decision to remove them from the party.

The 19 had lost the 2020 election but were sworn in as special seat MPs, a move the party disagreed with.

The General Assembly voted late Wednesday to exclude the 19 from the party and said they were “sworn in without the party’s blessing.”

John Mrema, the party’s director of protocol and communications, said the members also had Secretary General John Mnyika commissioned to write a letter to inform the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr. Tulia Ackson to inform them of the expulsion.

Chadema began its three-day general assembly on Wednesday.

Since November 2020, the presence of the 19 special seats for the leading opposition party in the Augusthaus caused endless situations SS debate with many citizens who described the step as a violation of the country’s constitution.

Some Tanzanians argued that it was a possibility for the 19 to continue to take part in parliament as special members even though they lost the elections, which is a violation of the constitution.

But then Speaker Job Ndugai let them keep their special seats, what caused controversy even among the ruling members of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

Ndugai was quoted by the media at the time as saying that he “could not immediately swear in the sacked members t revoked upon receipt of their letter of termination.”