Tanzania’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has echoed that it has no intention to amend the country’s constitution to allow its presidential candidate John Pombe Magufuli to extend his term in office.
Tanzanian’s constitution limits a president’s rule to two five-year consecutive terms but there have been unprecedented calls to change the law to have President Magufuli remain in power.
“I want to emphasise, as Dr Magufuli himself has repeatedly said, that he will not extend [his term for] even a second. He is just seeking another five years to complete 10 years as other presidents have done,” said Dr Bashiru.
After taking office in 2015, Magufuli immediately began to impose measures to control government expenditure, banning unnecessary foreign trips by government officials, using low-cost vehicles and board rooms for transport and meetings respectively.
Dr Magufuli, who is seeking re-election in the elections scheduled for October 28, 2020, resumed the second leg of his campaigns on Monday with a rally in his home town of Chato whre he was expected to address the gathering at Mazaina grounds.
Chama Cha Mapinduzi Secretary-General Bashiru Ally said the ruling party will have six rounds of campaigns with the recent on Monday marking the start of the second leg.
The rally started in the morning with entertainment sessions by artistes like the TMK Wanaume group, Kala Jeremiah and Bongo Flava heartthrob Harmonise.
Those attending the campaign rally had their temperature checked in line with the Covid-19
Magufuli captured hearts of many when he reduced his own salary from US$15,000 to US$4,000 per month.