Tanzania opposition leader and former Prime Minister Edward Lowassa has sent emissaries to former Kenyan PM Raila Odinga in a bid to persuade him to ditch CMM and endorse the united opposition front.
Lowassa’s emissaries are said to have met Odinga over the weekend and stayed in Nairobi till yesterday to convince the CORD leader that the ruling CCM no longer represents the ideals of Tanzania’s iconic founding father Mwalimu Julius Nyerere.
According to sources close to the former Kenyan PM, Lowassa’s men told Odinga that his continued support for CCM is like supporting a dictatorial ‘one party system’ as the Tanzanian ruling party holds absolute control of Tanzania’s civil service like Kenya’s KANU in the 80s and 90s.
To underscore the negotiations going on between the two sides, Odinga sent Rarieda MP and PAC Chair Eng. Nicholas Gumbo to attend the formation of the united opposition. Hon. Gumbo is still in Tanzania.
Tanzania elections has presented Odinga with a new headache as the two men -CCM’s John Pombe Magufuli and CHADEMA’s Lowassa – who will eventually battle it out in October are not just long term friends of Odinga but whose constituents hold Odinga in high regard.
During the recent match pitching Gor Mahia (Odinga’s is the patron of the club) and Azam of Tanzania, it was Odinga who presented the winning side Azam with the cup’s trophy.
Attempts by President Uhuru to secretly send emissaries to both sides of the raging Tanzania politics received lukewarm reception as Tanzanians perceive the Kenyan President as a selfish, tribal man whose father destroyed the initial East Africa Community.