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