THIRD TERM DEBATE ERUPTS

 

 

A THIRD term debate has erupted in the opposition FDD and party president Edith Nawakwi’s decision to suspend those opposing her continued stay at the summit has been challenged. Senior party members have described the suspensions as antagonistic and a breach of the FDD party constitution. FDD chairperson for energy Yotam Mtayachalo told the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday that suspending members of the party who were exercising their democratic right was a breach of the party constitution. He explained that FDD was founded on democratic principles and that the members had the right to oppose anything that was inconsistent with their constitution. Mr Mtayachalo advised that the party should find an amicable solution to internal misunderstandings in the party and that suspending members who voiced out their opinion against what they perceived as wrongs was not correct.   And FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said the standing committee in charge of looking into party disciplinary matters was scheduled to discuss the issue tomorrow to decide on the fate of the suspended members. “The suspension letters had indicated a period during which the recipients were supposed to exculpate themselves and the standing committee will sit on Saturday to look at the responses and decide on their fate. Mr Mtayachalo pointed out that FDD was a party in a civilised society and that leaders were expected to dialogue and sort out issues maturely. “The suspension of FDD members trying to block party president Edith Nawakwi from seeking a constitutional amendment to allow her to stand for a third term is antagonistic and a breach of our party constitution. ‘‘FDD was founded on democratic principles where members have the right to oppose anything that is inconsistent with our constitution. Leaders are expected to dialogue and sort out issues maturely” he said. Mr Mtayachalo warned that he would not sit idle when things were going wrong in the party and that he would fight to ensure that there was sanity in the opposition party. He said that the suspension of party officials opposing Ms Nawakwi’s plans to stand for a third term  was done in bad faith and that all party members should condemn it. Mr Mtayachalo quoted the party constitution which says that any aggrieved member had to write to the party chairperson to determine any pressing matter. Mr Mtayachalo pointed out that the suspended members had the right to be heard because the party constitution obliged them to protect what was enshrined in it.

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