Mwinyi reaffirms commitment to political pluralism

ZANZIBAR President Dr Hussein Mwinyi on Monday launched a Task Force to process proposals by the just ended multiparty democracy stakeholders’ meeting, expressing optimism over the team’s aptitude to deliver.

“I have no doubt with your ability, skills and experience in executing this assignment,” Dr Mwinyi told the 11-person team shortly before launching it at a brief ceremony at Vuga-based State House here.

President Mwinyi formed the team to process into concrete arguments all proposals from the three-day historical multiparty democracy meeting, which deliberated on special democratic issues in Zanzibar.

He reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to work on the final processed proposals for the betterment of the country. “…our key goal is to create a conducive environment to conduct political activities in the country under peace, unity and solidarity,” said the isles leader.

Dr Ali Ahmed Uki-chaired team’s assignment entails detailed review of all issues, which were raised in the democracy meeting and put them into the most appropriate form for the government to work on them.

The chairman confirmed the team’s keenness to perform the assignment speedily and at a high level of precision for the basic interest of all islanders.

“We will immediately start the job and ensure that we reach all groups of the community to come up with a true representative document for submission to the government,” said Dr Uki, affirming the team’s determination to meet the 14-day deadline.

Other members of the team include Vice-Chair Lady Ambassador Amina Salum Ali; Vuai Ali Vuai, Jussa Ismail Ladu and Said Issa Mohammed who represent the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi, ACT-Wazalendo and CHADEMA, respectively.

Others with their organisations in brackets are Rukia Kassim Ahmed (CUF); Ameir Hassan Ameir (Demokrasia Makini); Joseph Abdallh Meza (NGOs); Nicholaus Nchinga (religions); Professor Mohammed Makame Haji (Academicians); and Sheikh Thabiti Norman Jongo (Islam).

The task force launch comes hardly a week after President Mwinyi launched the multiparty democracy meeting in Zanzibar last Tuesday, challenging politicians to unreservedly embrace harmony and reconciliation for the country’s social and economic prosperity.

He cited trust, tolerance, good intention and compromise on division of duties as the cornerstones of the lasting true accord and reconciliation.

“We cannot harness harmony if instead of cooperating in fixing the emerging faults, we are busy looking for excuses to blame each other,” Dr Mwinyi told the meeting delegates.

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