Is ap­point­ment of Ally the end of push for a new Kat­iba?

Tan­za­nia Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli ap­points key pro­po­nent of a new con­sti­tu­tion to top party po­si­tion

The East African - - NEWS - By KILASA MTAMBALIKE Spe­cial Cor­re­spon­dent Pic: File

The ap­point­ment of Dr Bashiru Ally as the Chama cha Mapin­duzi sec­re­tary­gen­eral is be­ing viewed as a vic­tory for Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli over those call­ing for con­sti­tu­tional re­forms. Dr Ally has been one of the most vo­cal ad­vo­cates of the push for a new con­sti­tu­tion, which Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli has said is not among his pri­or­i­ties.

Dr Ally, a po­lit­i­cal sci­en­tist and lec­turer at the Uni­ver­sity of Dar es Salaam, took over the po­si­tion af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of Ab­dul­rah­man Ki­nana on Mon­day, and has now promised to toe the party line.

“My po­si­tion on a new con­sti­tu­tion as sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the rul­ing party will be dif­fer­ent from that of an an­a­lyst. As an an­a­lyst, I was free to air my views even if they seemed to go against the party’s agenda,” he told re­porters on Thurs­day.

Pre­vi­ously, Dr Ally has called for a new Kat­iba, say­ing the cur­rent con­sti­tu­tion falls short of ad­dress­ing na­tional con­sen­sus. He said that when it was writ­ten in 1977, the coun­try was un­der a one-party sys­tem, and de­spite some changes to it to em­brace mul­ti­par­ty­ism, it is still in­ad­e­quately re­formed.

“The Nyalali Com­mis­sion was clear about this and rec­om­mended a new con­sti­tu­tion in 1991. But politi­cians, keen to cling onto power, dilly-dal­lied. Even in 1995, Mwal­imu Ny­erere men­tioned some rifts in our na­tion’s fab­ric and one of them was the con­sti­tu­tion; we can­not go on with­out a new one,” he once said in a tele­vi­sion talk show.

“There is the is­sue of the Union struc­ture. I think it is go­ing to be con­tentious in the next stages be­cause if we don’t agree on the struc­ture of the coun­try it is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult to agree on the con­sti­tu­tion,’’ he added. ‘’Hope­fully, we are go­ing to re­solve it but with dif­fi­culty. If we main­tain a three gov­ern­ment struc­ture, then we will kill the Union. If we want to keep the na­tion united, we should not be sim­plis­tic. It will be a hard question in the next stage.”

The Nyalali Com­mis­sion of Fe­bru­ary 1991 was a pres­i­den­tial com­mis­sion set up un­der the lead­er­ship of then-chief Jus­tice Fran­cis Nyalali to col­lect the views of ci­ti­zens and make ap­pro­pri­ate rec­om­men­da­tions on whether the coun­try should adopt a mul­ti­party or sin­gle party sys­tem. Based on its re­port, the Con­sti­tu­tion of Tan­za­nia was mod­i­fied to ac­com­mo­date mul­ti­par­ty­ism.

Strong voices

Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli has in the past ap­pointed strong voices cham­pi­oning a new con­sti­tu­tion to se­nior gov­ern­ment and party po­si­tions. Dr Ally joins other con­sti­tu­tional re­forms ac­tivists such as Pro­fes­sor Pala­m­agamba Kabudi, who was ap­pointed Min­is­ter for Jus­tice and Con­sti­tu­tional Af­fairs, and CCM pub­lic­ity and ide­ol­ogy sec­re­tary Humphrey Pole­pole.

Both Mr Kabudi and Mr Pole­pole were members of the Con­sti­tu­tional Re­view Com­mis­sion led by Jus­tice Joseph War­i­oba, and cam­paigned for the coun­try to push for a new Con­sti­tu­tion. A con­sti­tu­tional ref­er­en­dum was planned but never ma­te­ri­al­ized, with au­thor­i­ties say­ing it stalled due to is­sues of voter regis­tra­tion: It has since been shelved.

Af­ter his elec­tion, Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli said that a new

My po­si­tion on a new con­sti­tu­tion as sec­re­tary­gen­eral of the rul­ing party will be dif­fer­ent from that of an an­a­lyst.” Newly-ap­pointed CCM Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Bashiru Ally

Chama cha Mapin­duzi party del­e­gates. Tan­za­nia Pres­i­dent John Magu­fuli ap­pointed Bashiru Ally as sec­re­tary gen­eral on Mon­day.

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