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The Con­sti­tu­tional Re­view Com­mis­sion was es­tab­lished in 2012 to seek pub­lic opin­ion on a re­view of the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion which, among other things, sought to re­duce pow­ers of the pres­i­dent. A Con­stituent Assem­bly con­sist­ing of MPS, Members of the Zanz­ibar House of

Con­sti­tu­tion was not among his gov­ern­ment’s pri­or­i­ties, and that he had never promised that he would in­tro­duce it.

Along with Dr Ally, the CCM also ap­pointed Ray­mond Mang­wala as sec­re­tary of the party’s youth wing, Queen Mlozi as sec­re­tary of the women’s wing, and Erasto Sima as sec­re­tary of the par­ents wing.

Mr Ki­nana’s res­ig­na­tion early this week sparked spec­u­la­tion about in­ter­nal wran­gles in CCM, with lo­cal me­dia re­port­ing that he had been un­happy with the way the as­sets trac­ing com­mit­tee had con­ducted in­ves­ti­ga­tions with­out in­volv­ing him.

Last De­cem­ber, Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli ap­pointed Dr Ally to lead a com­mit­tee to trace CCM’S as­sets and li­a­bil­i­ties. The NEC was ex­pected to dis­cuss its re­port.

Mr Ki­nana was also re­port­edly un­happy with the man­ner in which CCM nominated the Siha and Ki­non­doni can­di­dates for the Jan­uary par­lia­men­tary by-elec­tions. The party de­fied tra­di­tion by nom­i­nat­ing Dr God­win Mol­lel and Said Mtu­lia, af­ter they had de­fected from the op­po­si­tion as MPS, trig­ger­ing the by-elec­tions.

Mr Ki­nana was ap­pointed sec­re­tary-gen­eral in 2012 at the low­est point of the party’s dwin­dling pop­u­lar­ity amid scan­dals in the Jakaya Kik­wete regime.

Mr Ki­nana then tra­versed the coun­try, criticised Cabi­net min­is­ters and asked then­pres­i­dent Kik­wete to sack those who were un­der­per­form­ing and to pros­e­cute civil ser­vants im­pli­cated in cor­rup­tion.

Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli was ex­pected to nom­i­nate his own choice of sec­re­tary-gen­eral af­ter tak­ing over the party lead­er­ship in 2015, but he re­quested Mr Ki­nana to stay on. Mr Ki­nana said at the time that he ac­cepted the re­quest be­cause “party el­ders” had asked him to do so.

Ru­mours of Mr Ki­nana’s res­ig­na­tion were rife last De­cem­ber ahead of the party’s NEC congress in Dodoma. At the congress, Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli said he had re­jected Mr Ki­nana’s re­quest to step down.

In re­cent months, Mr Ki­nana took a low pro­file and avoided party activities, in­clud­ing the Oc­to­ber 2017 NEC meet­ing where Pres­i­dent Magu­fuli dis­missed spec­u­la­tions of dis­unity within the party.

It is un­clear what Mr Ki­nana will do next. Re­tired party lead­ers gen­er­ally main­tain a low pro­file, but are usu­ally re­called dur­ing nominations. Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Erick Kaben­dera

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