"To our surprise, the ruling party, CCM, instructed the chair of the Zanzibar election commission to nullify the elections, which is against the Zanzibar constitution and the election laws of Zanzibar," Seif Sharif Hamad told Shaka in explaining his concerns about the election of 2015.
Democracy in Tanzania has taken a troubling turn, prompting the U.S. to cancel a $472 Million Millennium Challenge Corporation grant, and even more broadly to reassess the East African nation’s reputation as a beacon of hope for African democracy. Among the most important concerns for Washington, regional and international election observers was the cancellation of the October 2015 poll on the semi-autonomous territory of Zanzibar, in which Seif Sharif Hamad of the Civic United Front or CUF appeared to have defeated incumbent President Ali Mohamed Shein of the ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi or CCM. CUF boycotted a re-run election in March 2016, ending a government of National Unity on Zanzibar that was negotiated in 2010. Paul Sisco reports.
Zanzibar opposition leader Seif Sharif Hamad is in Washington, DC to meet with U.S. government officials about the political situation in Zanzibar. VOA’s Vincent Makori sat down with Hamad, who is the leader of the Civic United Party, to discuss why he insists he was legitimately elected president, but denied the victory, when the government-appointed electoral body decided to nullify the vote. Originally published at - http://www.voanews.com/media/video/3381101.html
What makes Seif Sharif Hamad an interesting personality? Shaka credits his persistence, humility, and desire to get justice. In this Shaka: Extra Time, Paul and Shaka discuss his character and the claims that Hamad has separatist leanings.
What does Seif Sharif Hamad hope happens moving forward in Zanzibar? "We should have a transitional government formed by the two parties and led by a Zanzibari that enjoys the respect of the two parties," he told Shaka.