Shein breaks with predecessors on Union Cabinet membership
IN what is clearly a shift of opinion from his two immediate predecessors, the President of Zanzibar, Dr Ali Mohammed Shein on Monday took oath to become a member of the Union Cabinet.
The move demonstrated Dr Shein's commitment to work more closely with the Union government.
Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, Dr Shein attended a Cabinet meeting chaired by President Jakaya Kikwete at the State House in
. Dar es Salaam
A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications said the swearing-in was in fulfillment of a constitutional requirement, which provides that the President of Zanzibar should also be a member of the Union Cabinet.
"This is in accordance with section 54 of the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania which names members of the Cabinet as including Vice-President, Prime Minister, President of Zanzibar and all the ministers," reads the statement.
Legal experts and political analysts have commented on the move, commending the Zanzibar President for the respect he has shown to the constitution.
The Attorney General, Justice Frederick Werema noted that Dr Shein's decision was wise as it fulfills a constitutional requirement.
"Some of his predecessors did not take oath, thus they never attended Cabinet meetings.
Dr Shein has decided it was crucial to be sworn-in
and he has attended a meeting today," he said.
Justice Werema confirmed that some former presidents of
did not take
oath for the Cabinet. Zanzibar
"Unlike his father who was the first President of Zanzibar, Amani Abeid Karume was never sworn-in as a member of the Cabinet," he said.
Renowned lawyer and political analyst, Prof Issa Shivji said Dr Shein's move was commendable as it fulfilled a clause in the constitution.
"This is a great stride. It demonstrates that Dr Shein respects the constitution," he said.
Mr Thabit Abdulrahman, Secretary of RADEA (Rahaleo Development Association), said Dr Shein's oath was symbol of respect to the constitution.
Source: Daily News