LEADERS of various ranks who
includes Regional Commissioners, District Commissioners, Directors of various
institutions including incumbent Members of Parliament, have picked up
nomination forms to vie for parliamentary seats in various constituencies in Iringa
region. Among the most prominent leaders are the Minister for Lands, Housing
and Human Settlements William Lukuvi the incumbent Member of Parliament on CCM
ticket for Isman who has also picked up forms to vie defend his constituency the
country. Other leaders are Abbas Kandoro the current Mbeya Regional
Commissioner who has picked forms to vie for Kalenga constituency which the
incumbent MP is Godfrey Mgimwa the son of a former Minister for Finance who
held the constituency before he died in May last year. Either the National
Electoral Commission (NEC) has added a new constituency of Mafinga in Mufindi
district following the establishment of Mafinga district council, or this makes
Iringa region to have the total number of seven constituencies.
Mbeya Regional Commissioner Abbas Kandoro
Others are the
director of Tigo Mobile Phone Company of the Southern Highland regions Jacksonm
Kiswaga who is expected to pick up forms today to be accompanied by a highly
team delegations of the traditional leaders of Hehe tribe led by their
Assistant Chief Gerald Malangalila. Apart from the Isman constituency being held by its
incumbent MP William Lukuvi for a long time, now the MP is faced with
opposition from within CCM who have also expressed their desire to contest for
the constituency including the current District Commissioner for Misenyi in
Kagera region Festo Kiswaga. Others who picked up their forms on Friday and on
Thursday this week are Hamis Malinga a Masters Degree holder in Natural
Resources Management and agriculture and is currently working with the
Institute for Wildlife Development in the country. Another is the current
Klimanjaro Regional Commissioner Leonidas Gama who yesterday picked nomination
forms to vie for Songea town Constituency. Speaking with journalists he said
that what has made him to vie for this position is that he wants to cooperate
with the residents of the area in terms of promoting social and economic
development of the constituency. He said
there are so many things to be done for the people in the constituency and that
most of the social and economic development of the people in the constituency
has not been fulfilled according to the ruling party’s manifestos. Either in
order to quench his thirsty, the former Minister for Environment in the just
ended fourth phase government Dr Tresia Huvisa has
also picked nomination forms to vie for the same position in the same
The incumbent Iringa town legislator Reverent Peter Msigwa gestures at a press conference in Dar es Salaam.
After he had picked the forms,
the former Minister promised to fulfill the various economic challenges that
are still a big stumbling block to the development of the people in the area.
At Iringa town which currently is led by Reverend Peter Msigwa for Chadema
ticket, has some CCM cadres who have emerged to pick up forms with a view to
return it back to CCM. These are the current Wanging’ombe district Commissioner
Frederick Mwakalebela who on Thursday this week announced his quest to vie for
the position. He is expected to pick up forms today. Also in the list are Nuru
Hepautwa whom is the Youth Commander (UVCCM) for Iringa town and Mahamudu
Madenge whom is a member of the CCM’s National Executive Committee (NEC) . Others
who vies for Iringa town constituency are Dr. Yahaya Msigwa Chairman of the
evangelical musical choir in the country, Addo Mwasongwe a journalist with
Uhuru and Mzalendo newspapers, Frank Kibiki a famous businessman in the town.
Former presidential adviser whom is
also a member of the National Executive Committee of the ruling party Professor
Peter Msolla also had picked forms to vie for the Kilolo constituency on
Thursday this week. Apart from Prof. Msolla who has beedn a an MP for the
constituency for the last ten years, others who picked up forms to vie for the
constituency are Chelztino Mofuga whom is a teacher, Venance Mwamoto whom is
the district commissioner for Kaliua in Tabora region. Others are an advocater Merick
Luvinga and an expert in financial and business matters Danford Mbilinyi.
Mufindi South constituency:
There are a number of 11 candidates
who have announced their quest and picked form to vie for the constituency
including the incumbent MP Mendrad Kigola. Others are Dickson Lutevele, Mary
Niho, Golden Mgonzo, Dionis Myinga, Frank Mwalage, Dk Prosper Mfilinge, Antoni Mpiluka, Charles Sanga, Wende Ngahala na Faustine Mhaga. At
Mufindi North constituency:
As the incumbent MP for the
constituency, the Deputy Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Mahamudu
Mgimwa is expected to defend his constituency for another five years, people who
have already picked up forms for nominations are Godfrey Ngupula and Dr.
Raphael Kalinga. Others who are vying for the constituency is an expert on policy
planning inthe ministry of trade and
industries Exaud Kigahe who already has
picked up forms for nominations. At Mafinga town constituency:
An officer in the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and International CooperationCosato Chumib has already picked up forms. Others who have emerged to
vie for the constituency arte are Paulo Myinga and Benjamin Balali. Meanwhile,
an evangelical choir singer who was an MP on special seats for Women
organization wing (UWT) in Singida region Martha Mlata has picked a nomination
forms seeking for the party’s nomination to defend her constituency during the
general election in October this year. After having received such forms from
the UWT Secretary in Nkalama district Fatuma Juma Ndee,Mlata said that she is
vying for the same position in order t6o fight for the economic and social
development for the people of Singida especially for women who have been left
behind economically. Another woman id Diana Chilolo whom hasd also picked forms
to vie for the same position in the constituency. Ms. Diana is currently the
Chairman of the UWT in Singida region
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