TZ Foreign Affairs Minister declares candidacy for president in CCM crowded field

Tanzania's Foreign Affairs and International Relations Minister Bernard Member launching his campaign for president, Sunday  7.

THROWING HAT IN THE RING: Tanzania’s Foreign Affairs and International Relations Minister Bernard Member launching his campaign for president, Sunday 7.

The number of candidates fighting for Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) nomination for president is increasing day by day, number of candidates fighting for the ruling party’s endorsement now stands at 20.

Latest entrants include two cabinet ministers; Bernard Membe, of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, and January Makamba, Deputy Minister of Communications, Science and Technology, both declared today they are vying for CCM nomination.

The join sons to Tanzania’s former leaders Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and Sheikh Aman Abeid Karume. Charles Makongongoro Nyerere, 56, and Amb. Ali Karume are also running for president.

Former Premier Edward Lowassa, and current Vice President Dr Mohammed Gharib Billal have also announced candidacies.

Announcing his candidacy today in his home town, Lindi, Foreign Affairs Minister Membe said if CCM choses him as their choice for president, he would run on his anti-corruption, and his plan to promote industrialization of the economy.

Membe also would “push for improved health services across the country.”

Membe is also influential in the ongoing efforts to pacify the situation in neighboring Burundi.

Presidential elections to choose President Jakaya Kikwete’s successor are slated for October.

Despite the fact that CMM field is packed, former premier Lowassa seems to have majority support countrywide, although Charles Nyerere might bank on his father’s name and legacy to mount a formidable challenge.