In Tanzania the ruling Revolutionary Party has met to elect 40 members to its national executive committee.
In Tanzania the ruling Revolutionary Party has met to elect 40 members to its national executive committee. President Julius Nyerere was in the chair at Tuesday's (18 October) opening session of the party's first national conference in the capital of Dar Es Salaam.
SYNOPSIS: Nearly fifteen hundred delegates from all over Tanzania attended the meeting in Dar es Salaam's Diamond Jubilee Hall. It was expected to take three days to complete the elections, allowing each of the 85 candidates time to make a speech.
President Nyerere told delegates the formation of the national executive committee was in accordance with the constitution of the Revolutionary Party, the country's only political party which was formed in February. Vice president Aboud Jumbe explained that 20 members would be elected from mainland Tanzania and 20 from the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, because the Revolutionary Party was formed from the island-based Afro-Shirazi party and the mainland Tanu party.
At the opening session, delegates were entertained by members of the Young Pioneers group. A national Youth Organisation has recently been formed by the Revolutionary Party along with four other mass movements.
The other movements are the Unions of Tanzanian Women, Tanzanian Workers, Cooperative Societies and the Tanzanian Parents' Association. They're intended to be open to all Tanzanians and active throughout the country, although leadership will be restricted to members of the ruling party.
After their election the new members of the National Executive were to hold their own meeting to choose thirty people to sit on the executive's Central Committee. In addition, President Nyerere was to nominate 10 members of his own choosing.