TZ ruling party rejects a woman, nominates John Pombe Magufuli as flag bearer

MR.PRESIDENT?: Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) choice for the next president of Tanzania

MR.PRESIDENT?: Dr. John Pombe Magufuli, the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) choice for the next president of Tanzania

Tanzania’s governing Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has turned a blind eye to two accomplished women finalists in the race for the nomination and instead approved Dr John Pombe Magufuli to be the flag bearer in the country’s October 25 general election.

Magufuli’s nomination has dashed hopes of the East African nation electing the first woman as president.

By end of the day Saturday CCM and Tanzania were making headlines around the world for selecting two high profile women among the final three to fight for the party’s endorsement.

Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, former UN Deputy Secretary, and the current Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, and Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, African Union. Permanent Representative to the United States came so close but in the end lost to John Pombe Magufuli, MP for Chato, and current Minister for Works.

CCM insiders tell Afrika Reporter, Magufuli emerged victorious with 1560 votes during the party’s General Assembly in Dodoma early Sunday Morning.

“Dr Migiro came in second with 702 votes while Ambassador walked out with mere 349 votes … this means Dr Magufuli is now the presidential contender to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete in the October elections,” a highly placed source told this website.

Magufuli might enjoy support of the party’s leaders but he has work to do to endear himself to the general CCM faithful.

Early Saturday morning, the party caused some anger and division within its ranks by eliminating former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa and Charles Makongoro Nyerere, son to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, the country founding president.

The duo was among the favourites to land the nomination, and Magufuli will have to work hard to win over the pair’s support before he can think of courting voters countrywide.

Nonetheless, Dr. John Pombe Magufuli is likely to succeed President Kikwete in October as the next leader of Tanzania.