Job creation first priority on Dr Magufuli's to-do list


Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) presidential candidate Dr John Magufuli

Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) presidential candidate Dr John Magufuli yesterday outlined his priority areas that are aligned with the party’s manifesto citing job creation through investment in the revolution of agriculture, industry and trade. Right next on his priority list follows health, infrastructure, water and human rights, again this being as stipulated by the party’s manifesto.

Dr Magufuli who is the Works Minister made the statements yesterday in Dar es Salaam when addressing Dar es Salaam residents at the Mbagala Zhakeem grounds in Temeke District where he pledged to ensure development for every citizen regardless of their political affiliation. He said when he is elected Head of State, he will embrace the political ideologies that were built by the late father of the nation Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere and warned public servants who don’t fulfill their obligations of stern measures to come.

Earlier, at the CCM headquarters on Lumumba St, Dr Magufuli pledged to cooperate with party members and other elected leaders in national development issues. Dr Magufuli commended his fellow candidates who picked presidential nomination forms saying the big number of presidential hopefuls was clear sign of increased democracy within the party.

His running mate, Samia Hassan Suluhu promised to increase the number of women at decision making posts calling for realisation of the 50/50 ration between women and men in key areas. “Women are the best component of development in every nation,” she said.
In his comments, Emmanuel Kaiza, a resident of Tabata said; “I am confident in Dr Magufuli because I believe he has the capacity to move this country to the next step because he hates negligence and corruption”.

On Sunday this week, CCM national congress announced Dr John Magufuli as its Presidential flag bearer in the General Election slated for October 25. He got 2,104 votes out of the 2, 422 votes cast equivalent to 87.1 per cent. He was followed by Ambassador Amina Ali Salum, (253 votes) and Dr Asha-Rose Migiro (59 votes).

The National Executive Committee (NEC) picked the three from a short list of five candidates. Those dropped by the NEC were Bernard Membe Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and January Makamba, Deputy Minister for Communication, Science and Technology.

SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN
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