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Mwinyi: Shun ill-motivated politicians

ZANZIBAR presidential aspirant on CCM ticket Dr Hussein Mwinyi has implored youth to refuse attempts by politicians to sway and use them for political gains.

Speaking at a one-day symposium on the world's Peace Day at Sheikh Idriss Abdul-Wakil hall here over the weekend, Dr Mwinyi said youth are always the source of conflicts due to their acceptance to be used by ill motivated individuals.

“Elders and children never ignite fighting but you (youth), especially if you surrender yourselves to people bent on plunging the society into troubles,” Dr Mwinyi told the youth council organised colloquium.

The presidency seeker, who doubles as the Minister for Defence and National Services dismissed as baseless the common perception that maintenance of peace is the responsibility of defence and security agencies alone.

“The foundation of peace emanates from the citizens themselves by snubbing every clue of violence,” said the presidential hopeful, pleading with youth to vote for CCM candidates in the October 28, 2020 general elections.

He said neither a huge number of soldiers nor sophistication of military equipment will guarantee peace in any country, citing some of the militarily advanced countries whose people languish in adversities today although few years ago they were peaceful.

He cited Iraq, Syria and Libya where some citizens have been compelled to flee their previous prosperous economies to Europe as refugees.

Meanwhile, CCM has filed a complaint with the Registrar of Political Parties over violence preaching political parties ahead of  the upcoming 2020 General Elections.

CCM Deputy Secretary General, Zanzibar, Dr Abdallah Juma Sadalla told a campaign rally at Bububu Kwa Geji here over the weekend that some political parties embrace hate speeches and advocate bloodshed in all their campaign meetings.

“These hate and violence preaching statements have started scaring peace loving citizens, some people may even opt not to exercise their democratic right of voting on the election day,” charged Dr Sadalla.

He said statements that incite conflicts are against the declaration, which all political parties in the campaigns signed before the Registrar of Political Parties and Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC).

All the parties in the election race reached a consensus and signed the declaration, which compels them to conduct their campaigns peacefully and quietly, with the main focus on maintaining the country's tranquility.

The deputy secretary cited the recent Pemba incident in which CCM leaders were attacked and seriously injured in a mosque when attending morning prayers.

Dr Sadalla described the attack as barbaric, saying: "The attack has shocked us and scared our members and fans...we have already written the Registrar (of Political Parties) to complain."

But, he assured that the ruling party will continue with its "scientific" campaigns and implored CCM members, fans and all good mannered citizens to avoid fighting and all conducts that are likely to spark political antagonism.

He warned the party members against retribution, assuring that the country has professional and capable defence and security agencies to deal with the troublemakers.

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Author: MASATO MASATO in Zanzibar

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