Members of opposition parties in Lushoto District have vowed never to participate in the countrywide demonstrations as declared by their national party leaders, saying they see no reason for the move.
They have instead praised President John Magufuli’s government, which they have acknowledged as hard working for the development of ordinary Tanzanians, citing rural electrification for special admiration.
They told the Minister of Energy and Minerals, Prof Sospeter Muhongo, here yesterday that because of electricity supply to many villages in their district, they have decided to support the government in its efforts rather than involving in demonstrations.
"We thank you honourable minister with your government for your efforts to bring us development ... electricity is development, therefore despite being an opposition leader, my colleagues and I have agreed not to storm into demonstration on September 1, this year," said Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo, CHADEMA Secretary of Mlola Ward, Mr Ali Keto.
He further stated that all opposition members and fans were against the planned demonstrations, assuring Prof Muhongo of maximum collaboration with the government.
"All things which we wanted to be done are now being done under President Magufuli’s government ...why should we demonstrate…all we now want is development,” he further stated.
Another leader of CUF Mr Shafii Salumu Makame, asked all residents of Lushoto District and elsewhere in the country, to support the government because it was doing a commendable job to bring about development to wananchi.
Prof Muhongo had earlier said that development has no political party, affirming the government’s commitment to serve and bring development to all people regardless of their political affiliation.
"Thank you for showing me that you will not join into demonstration...let us cooperate to bring development...who expected that this mountainous land could have electricity...but today it is here…believe on this government because it has planned to do many things,” said Prof Muhongo.
The residents of Mlalo had requested President Magufuli to visit their area, claiming that since independence, there is no any sitting president who ever visited the area.
"Please send our message to president Magufuli...we love him therefore we request him to visit our land...we elected him through looking on his photo...now we want to see him physically as we see you here,” said 78-year old Abeid Athumani.
Minister Muhongo continues his tour of Tanga Region to see the development of Rural Electrification Agency (REA) projects prior to the take off of phase three.