TZ ruling party rolls out presidential bid in Zanzibar

President Kikwete and Shein displaying CCM manifestos to thousands of supporters in Zanzibar Sunday 13

President Kikwete and Shein displaying CCM manifestos to thousands of supporters in Zanzibar Sunday 13

Tanzania’s ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has officially launched its campaign for president Sunday in the Isles vowing to improve the people’s livelihoods through exploring oil and gas.

The official campaign kicked off at Kibanda Maiti grounds, the same venue the opposition Civic United Front (CUF) also launched its election campaign last Sunday promising to transform the Isles into the East African Community (EAC) region ‘Singapore.’

Speaking at the rally, Zanzibar President and CCM presidential candidate Dr Ali Mohamed Shein said all people will benefit from the exploration and extraction of oil and gas.

Dr Shein told thousands of CCM supporters and high ranking leaders including the national Chairman and President Dr Jakaya Kikwete at Kibanda Maiti “the government is in talks with Shell-Switzerland to start exploration activities” in the Indian Ocean semi-autonomous region.

Shein, who is running for his second 5 year-tenure was quick to warn residents over any likely acts to destroy the union with Tanzania Mainland saying “no one should dare.”

Outgoing President of Tanzania Jakaya Kikwete told the huge crowd his government has so far enacted the new oil and gas law that gives Zanzibar full autonomy on its resources.

He lauded Shein for presiding over a government of national unity for the last five years urging the citizens to support him during the October general elections.

The political rally was also graced by former presidents Benjamin Mkapa and Ally Hassan Mwinyi.