Edward Lowassa
Edward Lowassa

Tanzania’s former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa, 62, was expected to join the opposition on Tuesday, the coalition of opposition parties said on Monday.

Edward Lowassa
Edward Lowassa
The Coalition of People’s Constitution, known in its Kiswahili acronym as UKAWA, welcomed Lowassa to join the force ahead of the October 25 general election.

Uncertainty surrounded Lowassa’s political career future since he was defeated in CCM presidential nomination earlier this month with reports indicating UKAWA leaders differed on whether or not to welcome the former Prime Minister.

However, speaking during a press conference held in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam on Monday, UKAWA co-chairman James Mbatia said UKAWA leaders have unanimously agreed to welcome Lowassa to join force to oust the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) which has been in power for more than 50 years.

UKAWA believed that Lowassa has great ability to persuade people to vote CCM out of power, Mbatia said, hailing Lowassa as a hard worker and keen follower of responsibilities assigned to him.

“UKAWA believes that for public interest we need every Tanzanian to join us in the fight against CCM’s oppression, manipulation and nepotism, but we take this unique opportunity to welcome former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa to join UKAWA in this war against CCM,” said Mbatia.

He said he believed that if the 2015 election to be used strategically, it will bring huge changes which were desired by many Tanzanians.

Lowassa, who resigned as Prime Minister in 2008 over a power scandal known as the Richmond scandal, was reportedly in secret talks with the main opposition party Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA).

He served as Prime Minister from 2005 to 2008, serving under President Jakaya Kikwete who will end his second five-year terms later this year.

There were reports on Monday that Lowassa was set to join the opposition on Tuesday after a series of closed door meetings. Enditem

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