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Lipumba vows to strengthen agriculture, improve markets

In Politics, Uncategorized on September 28, 2010 at 11:55 pm

CUF Union Presidential Candidate, Prof. Ibrahim Lipumba, articulating the party's Vision for Change during a meeting with the Editors' Forum held at the CUF headquarters in Dar es Salaam.

Saturday, 25 September 2010 22:45

By Frank Kimboy

 

The Civic United Front (CUF) presidential hopeful Prof Ibrahim Lipumba will strengthen markets for agricultural produce and train more experts as a way to improve agriculture in the country, if he will be elected to form a new government.

Prof Lipumba said that the agricultural sector under the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) regime has stalled because the government has failed to tackle major challenges that face the sector, which is depended by the majority of wananchi.

He mentioned other challenges that hinder agricultural sector apart from lack of market and experts as lack of modern farming technology, farming equipment and poor infrastructure.

“We will make sure that farmers are imparted with modern skills by experts who will be supervising the activities throughout the country.

He said although farmers in some parts of the country produce a lot of crops, they have been hindered by lack of local market.

He said that if he will be elected into the country’s top office, he would make sure that enough funds will be set to purchase agricultural products.

Mr Lipumba made the promise on Friday evening at Maramba in Mkinga District during his second day of campaigns in Tanga Region.

He accused the current government for changing names of development projects, describing them as’ putting an old wine in a new bottle’.

“We had the Iringa Declaration and then agriculture was declared the countries backbone something that did not bear any fruit before Kilimo Kwanza  was introduced…you should elect CUF if you want to benefit from your work,” Prof Lipumba said.

Prof Lipumba who was campaigning for Mkinga constituency Member of Parliament candidate Mr Kassim Mbega and twelve councillor seat candidates promised wananchi that if elected they will ensure that construction of the district headquarters will be completed within a short period of time.  

Currently, the district headquarters is located in Tanga District.

 

Source: The Citizen

Mizengwe ilinitoa Chadema – Mwera

In Uncategorized on September 7, 2010 at 9:44 pm

Aliyekuwa Mbunge wa Tarime, Charles Mwera, akipokelewa na Naibu Katibu Mkuu wa CUF ambaye pia ni Mgombea mwenza wa Urais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano, Juma Duni Haji, siku yeye na viongozi wenzake Chadema wa Wilaya ya Tarime walipotangaza kukihama chama chao na kujiunga na CUF. (Picha kwa hisani ya http://www.wavuti.com)

Tuesday, 07 September 2010 17:09

Na Salim Said

KAMBI ya wabunge walioangushwa katika kura za maoni katika vyama vyao na kuamua kutimkia vyama vingine vya siasa na kuwania ubunge imezidi kuwa kubwa.

 Hivi karibuni  aliyekuwa mbunge wa Tarime (Chadema), Charles Mwera alijiunga na wanachama wengine waliotimka katika vyama vyao  baada ya  kuhamia Chama cha Wananchi (CUF) na kuweka bayana kwamba mizengwe na ufisadi ndani ya chama hicho  ndio  sababu ya yeye kutimkia CUF.

Anasema mizengwe na ufisadi huo ulitokea  wakati wa mchakato wa kuteua wagombea wa ubunge na udiwani watakaopeperusha bendera ya Chadema katika uchaguzi mkuu uliopangwa kufanyika Oktoba 31 mwaka  huu.

Mwera alikabidhiwa  kadi ya uanachama wa CUF na Naibu Katibu Mkuu wa chama hicho, Zanzibar ambaye pia ni mgombea mwenza, Juma Duni Haji, katika hafla iliyofanyika Makao Makuu ya Chama hicho Buguruni Agosti 15 mwaka huu.

“Nakukabidhi kadi hii, ili tushirikiane pamoja katika kutetea haki za wanyonge na kuleta mabadiliko ya kweli Tanzania na kwa kuwa kadi hii nimeisaini mimi basi saini yangu itabakia milele Tarime,” anasema Duni.

Akieleza kilichomkimbiza   Chadema, Mwera anaweka bayana kuwa, amehama chama hicho kutokana na mizengwe iliyoongozwa na Mwenyekiti wa chama hicho,  Freeman Mbowe.

Anasema Chadema kinajinadi kwa kupambana na ufisadi na kutetea haki, lakini ndani yake kina mizengwe na ufisadi mkubwa unaofanywa   na viongozi wa chama hicho  kuwaweka baadhi ya watu madarakani.

“Chadema kinajidai kupiga vita ufisadi lakini kimejaa mizengwe.  rushwa na hongo zilitumika kuhakikisha mimi  sirudi  kupeperusha bendera ya chama, kwa kweli sikuridhika hata kidogo,” anasema Mwera.

“Hata nilipokata rufaa, Mbowe alilazimisha rufaa iamuliwe kwa kutumia kura za wazi. Katiba ya Chadema inampa mwenyekiti nafasi ya kuteua wajumbe sita wa kamati kuu, hivi mtu anajua umemteua atapiga kura ya huru kupinga kura ya wazi,” anahoji Mwera.

Aliongeza, “Haiwezekani mtu anatuhumiwa kwa rushwa na kuhonga wanachama vitu mbalimbali ili achaguliwe, halafu anahukumiwa kwa kutumia kura ya wazi ndani ya kamati kuu. Hii ni mizwenge iliyotumika kuning’oa.”

Mwera aliangushwa katika kura za maoni za kugombea ubunge wa Tarime na Mwita Waitara, ambaye amepitishwa kupeperusha bendera ya chama hicho jimbo la Tarime.

“Mbowe alikuwa na mgombea wake na alisema kwamba hata kama Tarime itaenda kwa vyama vingine  lazima mtu wake apite. Kimsingi haki haikutendeka katika mchakato wa kutafuta wagombea Tarime,” anasema Mwera.

Anasema baadhi ya wajumbe wa Kamati Kuu akiwamo Profesa Mwesiga Baregu walipendekeza Mwera apewe bendera ya Chadema Tarime lakini  Mbowe  hakuwa tayari.

Mwera anasema wananchi wa Tarime  na wanachama wa  CUF wanatakiwa kutambua kuwa  jimbo hilo halitarudi CCM bali litaendelea kubakia katika kambi ya upinzani ili kuendeleza yale aliyoyaanzisha kabla na baada ya mbunge.

“Nitaipeperusha bendera ya CUF na kuhakikisha kwamba jimbo tunalichukua. Najua nimetoka kwa wapambanaji na nimeenda kwa wapambanaji wengine kuendeleza mapambano. Jimbo la Tarime tulilipata kwa mapambano na CUF,” anasema Mwera.

Anasema  ana uhakika wa kuibuka na ushindi kwa kuwa ni mwanasiasa anayejali matatizo ya wananchi jambo ambalo lilisababisha ashinde  katika uchaguzi mdogo uliofanyika baada ya kifo cha aliyekuwa mbunge wa jimbo hilo kwa tiketi ya Chadema, Chacha Zakayo Wangwe.

“Unajua chama ni njia tu lakini wanaomweka mgombea  madarakani si wanachama wa chama husika ni wananchi ambao bado wananihitaji ndio mana nikachagua njia ya kuja CUF,” anasema  Mwera.

Anasisitiza kuwa, ameamua pia kuhama Chadema kwa sababu inafanya makosa yanayofanywa na CCM kwa kuweka wagombea wasiokubalika na kuendeleza uchafu wa ufisadi.

“Mimi ni mtu wa dini, nina msimamo, hata humu ndani ya CUF  hata siku moja sitatumia fedha kutafuta madaraka,” anasema Mwera.

Mwera anasema anajivunia mabadiliko makubwa aliyoyaleta katika Halmashauri ya Wilaya ya Tarime, ikiwa ni pamoja na kufuta hati chafu, kupata sh7 bilioni kama ruzuku ya serikali kuu kwa ajili ya maendeleo na kufanikisha wazee kuweza kuwalipia ada ya shule watoto wao.

Mkurugenzi wa Mipango wa CUF, Shaweji Mketo anasema wamemfungulia Mwera milango ya kugombea ubunge wa Tarime kwa kuwa kanuni zao zinaruhusu.

“Huyo aliyeteuliwa na chama kugombea ubunge wa Tarime ndio alikuwa akipiga simu kila siku akitaka nafasi hiyo apewe Mwera na alikubali kabisa kuwa Meneja wake wa Kampeni wa Mwera,” anasema Mketo.

Akizungumzia kitendo cha Mwera kuhamia CUF, Mwenyekiti wa Chadema, Freeman Mbowe anasema Mwera alitaka huruma ya Wajumbe wa Kamati Kuu bila ya kuwa na sababu za msingi za kuishawishi, baada ya kuangushwa na wanachama katika kura ya maoni.

 “Sitaki malumbano yoyote na Mwera ambaye si mwana-Chadema tena. Hana njia yoyote ya kunilaumu nadhani  anafahamu mchakato wa kupata wagombea ndani ya chama, kama anakubalika na wananchi wa Tarime kwa nini hawakumchagua,” anahoji Mbowe.

Kuhusu tuhuma ya kuendesha kura ya wazi, Mbowe anasema ndani ya Kamati Kuu ya Chadema mtindo huo ni wa kawaida na hawana cha kuficha.

“Mwera alikataliwa na wanachama sio mimi, alikuwa Mwenyekiti wa Halmashauri na baadaye mbunge. Tunamtakia safari njema CUF,” anasema Mbowe.

Source: Mwananchi

Obama lauds Tanzania for successful Zanzibar vote

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm

President Barack Obama

Wednesday, 18 August 2010 09:27

By The Citizen Reporter

US President Barack Obama has commended Tanzania following the successful holding of the referendum that will pave way for the formation of a government of national unity in Zanzibar.

However, a State House statement yesterday quoted President Obama as cautioning that much work remains to be done as the October 31 General Election approaches.

The US Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Alfonso E. Lenhardt, delivered Mr Obama’s message to President Jakaya Kikwete, according to the statement.

“On behalf of the people of the United States, I extend my congratulations to you, Zanzibar’s leaders, the people of Zanzibar, and all Tanzanians on the successful July 31, 2010 power sharing referendum,” Mr Obama said.

The US President said he recalled discussing President Kikwete’s commitment to promoting reconciliation and the rule of law in Zanzibar during their meeting at the White House on May 21, 2009.

“It is heartening that just over a year later, your leadership and the collective resolve of the Zanzibar National Electoral Commission, civil society members, religious community and political parties resulted in significant progress towards a lasting peace, culminating in the credible two thirds majority vote for the unity government.

“I am confident that with your continued leadership and ongoing commitment by the people of Zanzibar to peaceful progress a bright future lies ahead,” Mr Obama said.

Zanzibaris opened a new chapter on July 31 by overwhelmingly endorsing proposed constitutional changes that will pave the way for the formation of a government of national unity later this year.

Some 188,705 voters who cast their ballots in the referendum voted in favour of the proposal, while 95,613 rejected it.  

The proponents of a government of national unity carried the day with 66.4 per cent of the vote, as opposed to 33.6 per cent of voters who voted ‘No’.

Some 293,039 people, or 71.9 per cent of registered voters, voted in the referendum.  There were 8,721 (3 per cent) spoilt votes.

A power-sharing government will be formed after the October 31 elections, and will include the President from the wining party, First-Vice President from the second-placed party and Second Vice-President from the wining party.

The Second-Vice President will be the leader of government business in the House of Representatives.

The cabinet will comprise ministers from all political parties depending on the number of seats they will secure in the elections.

Meanwhile, CCM’s candidate for the Zanzibar presidency, Dr Ali Mohammed Shein, said yesterday there would be no room for self-centred people in the government if he is elected on October 31.

“Should I be elected to become Zanzibar’s President, I will not entertain selfish, spiteful and power-hungry individuals because they will lead to chaos which we are trying to avert,” he senior CCM officials at Bwawani Hotel.

He pledged to unite Zanzibaris and ensure that they lived live in peace, love and harmony, regardless of their political affiliations.

Dr Shein, who will today collect nomination forms from the Zanzibar Electoral Commission, said good governance and the rule of law would define his administration.

He urged CCM leaders to work closely with him and ensure it wins in the October elections.

The party’s deputy secretary general in Zanzibar, Mr Saleh Ramadhan Ferouz, echoed Dr Shein’s sentiments, noting that time was ripe for party zealots to end divisions that cropped up during the nomination process, and cooperate with nominees in the run-up to the elections.

“There is no reason for us to brood over the outcome of the nominations…it’s time we stood together and wholeheartedly support Dr Shein and other nominees because this is the only way we can ensure that the party emerges victorious in the elections,” he said.

Source: The Citizen

 

Lipumba amtaka Kikwete kwenye Mdahalo

In Uncategorized on July 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm

 

 

Mgombea Urais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania kupitia CUF, Prof. Ibrahim Lipumba amempa changamoto mgombea mwenzake kwa tiketi ya CCM, Mhe. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, akimtaka akubali kushiriki kwenye midahalo mitatu ili kuwapa fursa Watanzania wajue nini mitazamo yao kuhusiana na masuala mbali mbali yanayogusa maisha yao na hivyo kuwapa nafasi ya kuchagua Rais anayewafaa kwa kipindi cha miaka mitano ijayo.

Hayo yamo kwenye barua ya Prof. Lipumba kwa Rais Kikwete ya tarehe 12/07/2010 yenye Kumbukumbu Nam. CUF/DSM/IKL/001/2010. Hapa chini ni barua hiyo kwa ukamilifu:

 

Mhe. Dr.  Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

IKULU

Dar es Salaam

 

Yah: PONGEZI KWA KUCHAGULIWA KUWA MGOMBEA URAIS KWA TIKETI YA CCM 2010

 

Kwa niaba ya Baraza Kuu la Uongozi la Chama Taifa (CUF – Chama Cha Wananchi) na kwa niaba yangu binafsi nakuandikia barua hii kukupongeza kwa dhati kuchaguliwa kwa mara ya pili na Mkutano Mkuu wa Chama chako kuwa Mgombea wa Urais wa Jamuhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania kwa tiketi ya CCM.

Kwa kuwa na mimi nimechaguliwa na Mkutano Mkuu wa Chama changu cha CUF kuwa Mgombea Urais na Vision for Change – Dira ya Mabadiliko inayowataka Watanzania wazinduke. Hivyo kampeni zetu zitajikita katika ujenzi wa hoja kwa Watanzania waweze kujua, wadai na wapate Haki Sawa kwa Wote na raslimali na mali ya asili ya Tanzania itumiwe kwa uadilifu ili ikuze uchumi unaoongeza ajira kwa wingi na kuutokomeza umaskini.

Katika kuhakikisha tunajenga utamaduni mzuri wa demokrasia katika nchi yetu itakayowapa fursa wagombea wa Urais kuwaeleza Watanzania sera na mikakati watakayoisimamia watakapopewa ridhaa ya wananchi kuiongoza nchi, napendekeza tuwe na midahalo mitatu. Midahalo hiyo ijadili maeneo matatu makubwa:-

  • Sera na mikakati ya kukuza uchumi na kuutokomeza umaskini na kuboresha huduma za jamii
  • Utawala bora na ujenzi wa maadili mema ya taifa
  • Mahusiano ya nchi za nje, na Ulinzi na Usalama wa nchi yetu 

Haya ni mapendekezo ya awali. Ili kufanikisha midahalo hii, ni vyema vyama vya waandishi wa habari, Jumuia za dini, wasomi na watafiti na asasi nyingine zisizo za kiserikali zipewe jukumu la kuratibu na kuandaa midahalo. Timu zetu za kampeni zaweza kukutana na kukubaliana asasi au watu watakaoandaa midahalo hiyo.

Pamoja na kuwapa wapiga kura fursa ya kuwapima wagombea wa Urais, midahalo hii itajenga mahusiano mema baina ya vyama na wagombea na kukomaza demokrasia nchini. Ni matumaini yangu utaafiki pendekezo la midahalo ya kampeni na kulipa suala hili kipaumbele ili maandalizi yafanyike mapema.

Hongera sana kwa kuteuliwa kuwa Mgombea Urais kwa tiketi ya CCM.

 

HAKI SAWA KWA WOTE.

 

Prof. Ibrahim Haruna Lipumba