By ABDULWAKIL SAIBOKO
24th August 2010
THE Civic United Front (CUF) said that it will not use helicopters like other parties during the campaigns for the general election in October, but will use a strategy called ‘Ground Force Movement’ that will involve cars to canvas the whole country as a way to reach the electorate.
The Party’s Director for Political Affairs, Mr Mbarala Maharagande, told reporters in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday that their campaigns will focus on the remotest areas where only cars can penetrate.
Political parties which said they would use helicopters to campaign around the country include Chama cha Demokarasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) and Tanzania Labour Party (TLP).
“We don’t need to fly because we will not be in hurry, we will for the first time conduct what we have christened ‘ground force movement’ that will involve concentration in educating voters on why they should vote for us and not any other party,” he said.
Mr Maharagande noted that the party has purchased several brand new vehicles ready for ground campaigning all over the country and that this year’s style will differ from that of 1995, 2000 and 2005.
In another development, Mr Maharagande said that the party will launch its nationwide campaigns at Kidongo Chekundu Grounds in Dar es Salaam on Friday where the party’s Presidential Candidate, Prof Ibrahim Lipumba, his running mate Duni Haji and the Isles Presidential Candidate, Seif Sharrif Hamad will address the party members.
Earlier, the party was scheduled to launch its campaigns on Saturday, the day in which another opposition party, Chadema, will be launching at Jangwani grounds, also in Dar es Salaam. The day was changed following the request by CUF to the National Electoral Commission (NEC).
Mr Maharagande noted that the campaign launching will come a day after Thursday’s launch of the party’s manifesto which will clearly explain what he referred to as the ‘vision for change’.
Meanwhile, the CUF Deputy Director for Publicity and Public Relations, Ms Ashura Mustafa, introduced to reporters three CCM cadres who have defected to CUF and who will contest for parliamentary seats in Kigoma North and South constituencies.
They include, the former CCM special seats MP for Kigoma North, Ms Sijapata Fadhili Nkayamba, Mr Omari Nkwarulo who will vie for the parliamentary seat in Kigoma North and Optatus Likwelile who will vie for the Kigoma South seat.
Mr Likwelile who was defeated in the CCM primaries said that there was foul play and that all the contestants appealed against the winner but in vain.
“I have defected to CUF to fight for my right,” he said.
Mr Nkwarulo noted that in the CCM primaries he came out second but the results were cooked and therefore he decided to defect to CUF because of his confidence that there were many people backing him.
SOURCE: Daily News