Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendelo ( Chadema) and ACT-Wazalendo, the two main opposition parties in Tanzania plan to join hands with civil society. This is to push for reforms ahead of this year’s elections slated for October.
After a shoddy showing in last November’s civic elections which the opposition blames partly to a ban on open-air political rallies and intimidation, the opposition now wants political reform to be entrenched in law to stop the clampdown on political activity throughout the country.
Chadema’s newly appointed secretary-general, John Mnyika says this year’s election in October will serve no purpose with the existing courts and electoral body run by the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi. The country’s strongest and oldest political party which has been in power since the country attained independence more than 60 years ago.
Mnyika’s views are shared by the ACT-Wazalendo chief advisor, Seif Sharif Hamad who said his party wants to partner with non-state players to push for electoral reforms.
Hamad said he supports the call for reforms and is ready to work with civil society and some religious groups.