Tanzanians react to former PM Lowassa’s defection

Tanzanians continue to support and condemn former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa following his defection to the opposition Chadema party.
Mr Lowassa Tuesday announced his exit from the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), whose ticket he failed to secure for the October presidential election.
Some were of the opinion that Mr Lowassa’s decision was likely to end one party dominance and enhance competitive politics which would serve national interest.
A retired police officer in Rombo District, Mr Yusuph Mruma, said the quest for power had driven the former premier to join the opposition.
Arusha Region CCM chairman Onesmo ole Nangole said Mr Lowassa was crudely treated by his erstwhile comrades for eight years when he was in the political cold.
Mr Ole Nangole said he believed many other CCM cadres were likely to follow the former premier.
CCM Publicity Secretary for Arusha Region Isack Kopriano said the gap left would be reflected in the forthcoming General Election.
Mr Kopriano said CCM would no longer achieve its ambitious dream of retaining Arusha wards and constituencies and rescuing others which “went to the dogs”.
Chadema chairman for Arusha Region Amani Golugwa said Mr Lowassa’s decision would reshape Tanzania’s political landscapes and redefine Chadema, and the ruling party.
Presidential bid
Mr Golugwa, who doubles as the Chadema secretary for the Northern Zone, said with Mr Lowassa on board, the Opposition camp was assured of victory by 85 per cent.
Aocate Peter Shayo of Moshi and Arusha said the decision was a culmination of what Mwalimu Julius Nyerere had predicted.
Chadema secretary for Morogoro Region Esther Tawete called on Tanzanians to appreciate Mr Lowassa’s patriotism and quest for the development of the nation which could not be obtained with the CCM’s oppressive system still in place.
Mr Pevi Shirima, a resident of Maili Sita suburb in Hai District, said Mr Lowassa had finally walked his ‘tough decisions’ rhetoric, as Aocate David Shilatu from Moshi Rural said Mr Lowassa’s decision had opened a new chapter in presidential, parliamentary, and councillorship election campaigns in the country.
“It is, however, not a surprising decision to those who were closely following his presidential bid on the CCM ticket, for he once said all what people wanted was change and that they would look for it elsewhere in case they could not get it within the ruling party,” Mr Shilatu said.
Mr Paul Mongi, an entrepreneur based in Moshi Municipality, said the opposition coalition (Ukawa) had cashed in on the political wind which was moving in their favour.