TZ premier to retire

IM OUT: Tanzania's outgoing Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda will not be seeking re-election in parliament

IM OUT: Tanzania’s outgoing Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda will not be seeking re-election in parliament

Tanzanian Prime Minister Mizengo Peter Pinda who recently unsuccessfully sought the governing Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) nomination for president has decided to quit politics.

The premier will not be running for re-election to keep Katavi parliamentary seat.

Speaking at his home village Sunday in Kibaoni-Mlele district, the premier said “I have served for eight years as union prime minister and its time another proceed where I ended.”

He thanked supporters for the trust and promised to continue being a loyal and active citizen helping the community to continue developing.

The outgoing premier warned residents not to vote for corrupt leaders in the coming general election slated for October 25, where CCM has already nominated Dr John Pombe Magufuli as the flag bearer.

In retirement, Pinda will be joining Foreign Affairs and International Relations Minister, Bernard Membe, another member of President Jakaya Kikwete’s administration who lost out on the nomination. Membe has also announced he is quitting politics.

Mizengo Pinda has served as Prime Minister since 2008, he took over after Edward Lowassa resigned amidst corruption allegations.

Pinda himself last year was implicated in, but survived another high profile corruption saga infamously known as the Tegeta energy scandal involving top government officials swindling more than $120 million from an escrow account in the central bank in 2013.

The scandal prompted donors to suspend over $500 m to the East African nation pending thorough investigations.

Pinda recently denied reports that the 2014 massive scandal led to major delays in the country’s budget implementation.