by The Guardian Reporter
Speaking after picking up the nomination forms at the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) offices at Malindi, Hamad, who is CUF Secretary General, pledged to honour the political reconciliation between him and the Isles President Amani Abeid Karume so as to build true unity among Zanzibaris and maintain the prevailing peace.
He also committed himself to continue with the ongoing dialogue towards a permanent solution to contentious issues.
Hamad said that the government of national unity would create a strong economy based on the free market system which would seek to make Zanzibar East Africa’s commercial hub.
He vowed to strengthen discipline in public service, especially among top executives to ensure that people get good services from their government.
This, he said, would be achieved through ensuring strict adherence to laid down labour regulations, training and improved remunerations.
“If elected, we will also give priority to provision of social services, particularly education, health and water,” he said adding that fishing, agriculture and industries – all key to the Zanzibar economy – would also be strengthened.
Hamad said under his leadership, the current endemic shortage of water and medicines at health centres and hospitals would become history.
“I will make sure that we establish Zanzibar Airways so as to connect the Isles with other important economic and commercial areas across the globe,” said Hamad.
Hamad said teachers should expect major changes since education sector was the engine of development of a country.
He said he had already prepared a programme under which teachers would be trained to meet international standards in addition to increasing their pay package.
The CUF leader also said his government would fight drug trafficking head on as the vice had destroyed the culture of Zanzibaris.
“I am not interested in stating the time-frame for implementing all these plans but you will judge by yourself after five years,” Hamad said, adding: “We want all these issues to be history.”
He, however, said that all the issues contained in party’s election manifesto would be effectively implemented if people became accountable, ensured proper supervision of government revenue collections and undertaking vital review of economic policies especially on tax rates between Zanzibar and Tanzania Mainland.
ZEC Chairman, Khatib Mwinyichande called on political parties which will participate in the elections to conduct themselves peacefully.
He said the electoral body had the responsibility of protecting the rights of each candidate and called on the contestants to abide by the Commission’s guidelines including returning the nomination forms on time.
Earlier, the presidential candidate for Association of Farmers Party, Said Soud also collected the nomination forms promising to change the system of government of national unity and instead, form an inclusive government which will represent all political parties.
Source: The Guardian