Nyerere Jr eyes parliamentary seat

ON TO THE NEXT ONE: Charles Makongoro Nyerere, is now running for parliament after losing in last week's presidential nomination

ON TO THE NEXT ONE: Charles Makongoro Nyerere, is now running for parliament after losing in last week’s presidential nomination

Three members of Tanzania’s governing Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) including Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s son Charles Makongoro Nyerere, who lost out on the nomination for president are now setting sights on the country’s legislature.

The three members who were last week eliminated in the first round of presidential nomination have picked forms, to seek parliamentary seats in the October polls.

Charles Makongoro Nyerere, a veteran politician in CCM will now be seeking his party’s endorsement to be the next MP for Kawe, the constituency dominated by main opposition Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo—Chadema.

Nyerere, Prof Sospeter Muhongo and Peter Nyalali’s dream of replacing Jakaya Kikwete as Tanzania’s next president were crushed last weekend as CCM executive coalesced around Dr. John Magufuli to be their flag bearer.

Prof Muhongo former Energy and Minerals Minister who resigned over the infamous tegeta controversial energy scandal has declared his candidacy for Musoma-rural constituency.

He said on his Facebook “I still have desire to work for Tanzanians … I have picked forms for parliamentary post.”

Nyalali announced Thursday is running for the seat in the new constituency—Mbagala in Dar es Salaam.

Earlier this week Tanzania’s National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced 26 new parliamentary election constituencies for Tanzania mainland bringing the total to 265 constituencies.

CCM General Congress endorsed Dr John Pombe Magufuli, flag bearer in the coming general election dropping two powerful women Dr Asha Rose Migiro and Amina Salum Ali.

In the first round where there were 38 aspirants, 33 were dropped including former premier Edward Lowassa and Charles Makongoro Nyerere. The duo was thought to be heavy favourite for the nomination.

A section within the party was not impressed by the party’s secret and “dubious” nomination process accusing the leadership of choosing “their” nominee rather than that of the party.