Tanzania opposition Chadema party chairman Freeman Mbowe. Recent defections of high-ranking members of Tanzania’s opposition to Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) have left parties worried that the ruling party is trying to weaken democracy. PHOTO FILE | NMG
During a recent meeting of CCM’s national executive committee to endorse aspirants to positions within the party, six members of the opposition ACT-Wazalendo and Chadema were welcomed after switching parties — something that is increasingly becoming common.
University of Dar es Salaam lecturer Bashiru Ally faults the defections saying the legitimacy of a political party is not in its huge following or the popularity of its members but its social base.