By ISSA YUSSUF in Zanzibar, 1st October 2009 @ 12:43BOTH
Zanzibar and the Union Government will spare no efforts in ensuring that its citizens continue to enjoy peace and stability, “a prerequisite in national development,” the Zanzibar President Amani Karume has said.
“Any attempt to destabilize the country will be met with serious response from the security and law enforcers. Everyone has the right to life and peaceful environment as stipulated in the constitution,” Karume emphasized at a meeting with CCM supporters at Kiwani CCM branch in South Pemba after inspecting the development of the construction of the Mgagadu-Kiwani road.
The president’s statement was in response to recent waves of torching incidents and explosions of houses in Zanzibar linked to the on going row over the use of Zanzibar Identity Cards (Zan IDs) conditionality for any Zanzibari to register as a voter for 2010 general elections.
While authorities in Zanzibar government maintain that Zan IDs must be used in the voters registration, the Civic United Front (CUF) continue to press the government to remove the IDs in elections process because most of its supporters are yet to have the document.
“Both Union and Zanzibar Government will ensure that all people who deserve to get the IDs get them, register, and exercise their right to vote in the next general elections. Blocking others from registering as voters is an indication of political bankruptcy,” Karume said.
He asked Zanzibaris to condemn incidents ‘carried out by the opposition’ which aim at destabilising the islands and discouraging the people from exercising democracy.
However, the Civic United Front (CUF) information director Salum Bimani said, “Karume is right, but he must show love to his people by making sure that all genuine Zanzibaris get the IDs and register for elections”.
Despite the on-going argument over the Zan IDs, the Unguja North A Voters’ registration officer, Mr Murshid Khamis Bakar told the ‘Daily News’: “Voters registration in my area has been going-on well.
People without IDs now direct their complaints to IDs office and not ZEC as it used to be in the first days of the voters registration.”
Meanwhile, Karume told CCM gathering at Kiwani that the construction of roads was among the implementation of the CCM (2005/2010) manifesto as residents of Kiwani thanked the president for his commitment to improving infrastructures. He also said that his government was committed to implementing good governance.
Source: Daily News