Saturday, 10 May 2008

CCM divided over Chenge welcome

From IPP Media, Dar es Salaam
By Hannah Mwandoloma and Angel Navuri

CCM secretary general Yusuf Makamba has described the official welcome home accorded to former Infrastructure Development minister Andrew Chenge when he went to his Bariadi West constituency this week as a sign of how the legislator is accepted by his electorate.

Chenge visited his Bariadi West constituency on Wednesday for the first time since he resigned last month following allegations that he had illegally deposited USD 1 billion in a foreign country.

The money was suspected to have been part of a hefty kickback for sanctioning the controversial radar deal which was paid to senior leaders in Tanzania by a British firm.

According to press reports, CCM Mwanza regional secretary Rajab Kundya said that the warm reception accorded to the former Infrastructure minister had been organized to sympathise with him and congratulate him for his brave decision to resign.

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