Retired president Ali Hassan Mwinyi has intervened in the ongoing public debate about the status of Zanzibar, saying the debate should stop. The elder statesman told a press briefing yesterday that the status of Zanzibar and a series of questions concerning its ‘sovereignty’ should await consultations of attorneys-general of the Union and Zanzibar governments as advised by Premier Mizengo Pinda.
The former head of state made his remarks on the sidelines of the Southern Africa Development Cooperation (SADC) Electoral Commission Forum and Tenth Annual General Conference and Symposium held at Bwawani Hotel here in Zanzibar yesterday.
“Law and constitution experts are revisiting this issue … I advise that we all wait for them to do their job for us,” Mwinyi cautioned. The ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has already made its stance clear that the debate should be closed in the best interest of the nation.
Last week, Premier Pinda told Parliament that he no longer wanted to be drawn into the debate, calling on CCM to take up the matter to the end. Mr Mwinyi added that he was looking forward to seeing a restructuring of electoral administration that would promote participation