Dar es Salaam. National Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai has on Monday, November 30, 2020, declared that the 19 expelled Chadema Special Seat MPs will continue serving as parliamentarians despite the opposition party’s move.
On Friday, Chadema stripped off membership of the 19-women wing leaders for taking oath as MP contrary to the constitution and party procedures.
Speaking in Dodoma shortly after swearing in Humphrey Polepole and Riziki Lulida as presidential nominees, Mr Ndugai said the Chadema decision was gender-discrimination and should be fought against.
He said that Chadema’s national chairman Freeman Mbowe had to remember how the women wing leader Halima Mdee and her colleagues Esther Bulaya and Esther Matiko toiled through their political journey alongside himself.
“Mr Mbowe, have you forgotten how Halima went to Prison with you? Or have you forgotten how Bulaya was gravely beaten by police to the extent of being taken to the hospital unconscious?” he questioned.
“Sacking them in the way you did; without giving them opportunity to defend themselves is unacceptable.”
Chadema and ACT-Wazalendo declined to recognize election results over what they referred to as massive irregularities and rigging, and are yet to decide about their participation in Parliament. The ruling party, CCM, has rejected the claims of a rigged election.