Tanzania’s National Assembly Speaker Job Ndugai succumbs to pressure, resigns.
Job Ndugai, Tanzania’s National Assembly Speaker, resigned on Thursday, barely three days after apologizing to President Samia Suluhu for statements about the country’s indebtedness.
Ndugai announced in a statement to the media that he had written to his party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), about his “personal choice” to retire as Parliament speaker.
For some time now, the speaker has been under increasing pressure to resign, notably from certain members of the governing Chama cha Mapinduzi party (CCM).
He has been charged with “inappropriate conduct.”
On Thursday, Kawe MP Bishop Josephat Gwajima (CCM) told the press that the Speaker had a ‘evil motivation’ when he openly criticized President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s intention to get a 1.3 trillion/- interest-free loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“The Speaker insulted the President personally,” Gwajima said during a news briefing in Dar es Salaam. He said that the speaker referenced the president (Mama) while overlooking the fact that the loan is public debt.
Despite the fact that Ndugai publicly apologized to the President for his contentious comments about the government’s borrowing tendencies, the MP argued the speaker cannot be trusted.
Here’s what he discovered.
The Speaker authorized the government’s intention to borrow 1.3 trillion rupees from the IMF via the National Assembly.
The Speaker has the option of rejecting the government’s proposal.
The Speaker had the authority to request an audience with the president (internally) to discuss the borrowing trend.
The Speaker may have contacted the party’s National Executive Committee to address the problem.
The Speaker chose not to go through all of those steps, instead openly accusing the administration, the president, and the chairwoman of his party.
His argument for people to decide via the ballot box in 2025 raises further issues.
The Speaker blamed President Samia’s administration for the whole 70 trillion/- state debt, despite the fact that the debt had existed since the late President Julius Nyerere’s government.
The declaration that the nation may be auctioned off was intended to instill contempt in the people for the President.
The Speaker’s choice to apologize indicates that he recognizes he was wrong and should resign.