Tanzanian legislator Hon. Furaha Upendo Pendezo has underscored the need for political structures to drive change in the country.
The MP was speaking at the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party launch at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Wednesday.
Upendo who belongs to the CHADEMA party in Tanzania says a candidate’s strength and seemingly charged populace without structures does not automatically guarantee victory.
As such, she said that for the party to prevail over existing circumstances, it must focus on establishing networks.
“So this party has a lot to do. It has to establish itself so that people know it and also build structures. It is from the structures that we will be able to mobilize. Unless we attain the structures, there is no people power”, Upendo said.
That aside, she called upon young people to vie for leadership for experience purposes.
On the issue of scanty resources, she urged all cadres of this newly formed party to contribute overwhelmingly.
On her part, the ANT convener Hon. Alice Alaso reiterated that as a party they are prepared for the long transformative journey ahead which she equated to a marathon.
Unprecedentedly, the ANT party will be jointly governed by coordination committees at all levels.
In this regard, Maj. Gen. Gregory Mugisha Muntu is the national coordinator while youth and women’s leagues will be coordinated by Mr. Abubaker Matanda and Amb. Edith Sempala.
Coordinator for religious affairs – Ms. Eunice Okulo
Coordinator for Civil society – Prossy Naikoba
Workers affairs – Siraje Nsanja
Research and Policy – Okumu Martin
Electoral affairs – Dan Mugarura
Education institutions – David Bbala Mwiruka
National treasurer – Christine Abia Bako
Party Spokesperson – Seryazi Wilberfoce
Deputy spokesperson – Sulaiman Kakaire
Coordinator parliamentary group -Ekwau Ibi Florence
Regional and international affairs – Babra Alimadi
Council of elders– Hon. Yokasi Bihande, Hon. Dan Wandera Ogalo and Dr. Munini Mulera.
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