John Magufuli
John Magufuli

Tanzania President John Magufuli on Friday assured the youth in the country that he will put back on track the Father of Nation Julius Nyerere’s principles and principles of the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

“I have decided to ensure that these principles are back on track and this mission must be realized. I need your support,” Magufuli who is also CCM national chairman told the members of the CCM Youth Wing from Dar es Salaam universities who have camped at the Mwalimu Nyerere Memorial Academy.

The president urged the youth to turn up in big numbers and vie for various posts during the party’s elections slated for later this year.

“You should not get worried about bribery that was characteristic in previous party elections because this time nobody will be allowed to bribe voters. And those found giving bribe will not be nominated by the party,” Magufuli assured the youth.

Magufuli also said he has all information about CCM members who have illegally acquired the party’s assets.

“When the right time comes I will take appropriate measures against them,” said the president in a statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications at State House.

He praised the youth for their patriotism and urged them to support the reforms sweeping across the country, including the war on graft, measures aimed at cutting down lavish spending and the crackdown on ghost workers, the purchase of commercial aircraft and the industrialization drive.

On taking over the leadership of CCM last year, Magufuli vowed to root out corruption in the party, saying there would be “no mercy” for anyone giving or taking bribes.

He said corruption was most rampant in Tanzania during elections and promised to “have no mercy on those who give or accept bribes.”

Magufuli said he would reform the CCM, including helping it attain financial independence to avoid a reliance on campaign contributions from business executives. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/