Former Tanzanian prime minister Edward Lowassa. PHOTO | FILE
As analysts remained upbeat that Mr Lowassa’s defection would be CCM’s biggest shake-up ever, the ruling party maintained that it was unable to stop disgruntled members from leaving.
A week after Mr Lowassa was axed from the preliminary stages of the party nomination race, 18 CCM councillors from his Monduli constituency defected to the main opposition party Chadema in protest.
Proposals by key figures in the opposition coalition Ukawa to consider nominating Mr Lowassa as their presidential candidate have caused deep divisions in the outfit, with some members reportedly threatening to decamp if the plan is adopted.