As Tanzanians, we face a choice. A choice between truth and lies, between justice and injustice. The choice is not about the CCM or the opposition. The choice is between democracy and autocracy. The choice is about respecting the democratic will of the people.
An election is about reflecting the wishes of the people. What happened this week was not an election because all the proven irregularities mean that the announced votes and the wishes of the people are not the same. In Zanzibar there was a military operation that violently prevented Zanzibaris from having their democratic wishes respected.
To respect the wishes of the people, we need to run a new election both in Zanzibar and Tanzania Mainland, overseen by independent electoral bodies. Both the current National Electoral Commission (NEC) and the Zanzibar Electoral Commission (ZEC) must be disbanded.
From tomorrow, we shall demand fresh elections by taking to the streets. I and fellow leaders of the opposition will lead a peaceful demonstration nationwide to demand our democratic right of our people to elect their leaders freely and fairly.