Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has overwhelming won the 2021 Tanzania general elections.
The party that has ruled Tanzania since independence won all but two of the 264 parliamentary seats.
Surprisingly the only two opposition legislators are female with Chadema party’s Ida Khenan edging Ali Kesi in Nkasi north and Shemsah Mtamba of Civic United Front (CUF) outclassing Hawa Gasiya in Mtwara Rural constituency.
For Presidency, Chama Cha Mapinduzi claimed more than 80% of the total vote with more than 12 million votes from an election that 29 million had registered but only 15 million turned up on the voting day.
“Congratulations to his Excellency @MagufuliJP and CCM on the resounding victory in the just-concluded elections. Uganda looks forward to working even more closely with you and the people of Tanzania to deepen our social, economic and political ties.Hongera!” was the message on the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s twitter handle.
But within Tanzania, voices of discontent continue.
“Under normal circumstances,CCM would have performed better because President Magufuli improved service delivery in former opposition strongholds like Iringa,Mbeya,Arusha and Kigoma.But whatever transpired prior to the elections like arrests and gagging of media coupled with ‘mistreatment’ of opposition election monitors has watered down all the success” said veteran and respected Tanzanian journalist Jenerali Ulimwengu.
Whereas the Presidency slot is constitutionally protected and can’t be contested in courts of law, legislators don’t have that immunity.