CCM fallout looms as Lowassa left out of presidential race
Saturday July 11 2015
Nape Nnauye, the CCM publicity secretary speaking to journalists after the end of the central committee session in Dodoma, PHOTO | EDWIN MJWAHUZI
The party said it has shortlisted January Makamba, Bernard Membe, Asha-Rose Migiro, John Magufuli and ambassador Saida Salum for the National Executive Committee (NEC) vote of 378 members.
The elimination of former prime minister Edward Lowassa from the race came as a shock to his supporters who had viewed him as an inevitable candidate.
Mr Lowassa’s inner circle quickly gathered at his house to chart out the way forward but it was not immediately established what the plan was. However, sources within the faction said that his supporters were pushing him to defect to the opposition.