From ALVAR MWAKYUSA in Dodoma, 14th April 2011 @ 20:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 4328
NYERERE Square here was on Thursday a beehive of activity as newly elected CCM Central Committee (CC) members and the secretariat were introduced to party members and supporters.
The occasion was witnessed by top-ranking members of the party, as CCM members danced and chanted slogans in support of the recent historic changes in its ranks. The CCM Vice-
Chairman (Mainland), Mr Pius Msekwa, said reforms in the party were aimed at dealing with four major issues to ensure the party was on the right track.
He listed the issues as neo-colonialism, the party’s integrity, efficiency and dealing with graft. “A widely used strategy by neo-colonialists today include financing opposition parties, NGOs, media and the academia to depose ruling parties.
“The perception of democracy today is inclined towards bringing down ruling parties. “Nationalist parties that ended colonial regimes such as CCM are seen as obstacles to democratic maturity,” he told the audience.
Mr Msekwa said technological advancement that has led to invention of online social
networks such as blogs, facebook, YouTube and twitter have made easier for mobilising people and that the reforms within CCM will seek to cope with cyber dynamism.
He added that the increased number of educated Tanzanians as a result of expansion of secondary schools and higher learning institutions in the country has led to emergence of
knowledge society and entrenched use of social networks to share information.
“A vivid example is Jamii Forums (one of local online forums) which has been established
by youth belonging to Chadema that works to undermine CCM and the government,” he said. The demographic structure of Tanzania in which almost two thirds of the country’s 40 million people are youths, who are attracted to changes were among challenges that the party seeks to address, according to Msekwa.
The new CCM Secretary General, Mr Wilson Mukama, reiterated the call to fight graft within and outside the party. “The reforms in CCM are not cosmetic nor mere hot air, the changes are sustainable and are there to stay.
What we are doing is not adventurism. We mean business,” he said amid applause from party followers. Stressing on the fight against graft within the party, Mr Mukama said he would write to members implicated in corrupt practices to weigh allegations against them and take appropriate action.
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