A boy runs with a flag during a ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on October 21, 2015. CCM's party's candidate John Magufuli hopes to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete in what is seen as the tightest electoral race in Tanzania's history, as the main opposition parties unite around ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa, 61, who recently defected from the CCM. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL HAYDUK (Photo credit should read Daniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty Images)
A boy runs with a flag during a ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) rally in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on October 21, 2015. CCM's party's candidate John Magufuli hopes to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete in what is seen as the tightest electoral race in Tanzania's history, as the main opposition parties unite around ex-prime minister Edward Lowassa, 61, who recently defected from the CCM. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL HAYDUK (Photo credit should read Daniel Hayduk/AFP/Getty Images)

Tanzanian police said on Monday they have launched a manhunt for suspects who poisoned Philip Mangula, the vice-chairman of the country’s ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM).

“Police are investigating reasons behind the poisoning of the ruling party’s vice-chairman,” Lazaro Mambosasa, the Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, told a news conference in the commercial capital.

He said police will take punitive measures to suspects who will be implicated in the coordination and poisoning of the party leader. “Police will leave no stone unturned in the search for people behind the poisoning of the party’s top official be it within the country or overseas,” said Mambosasa.

He said on Feb. 28 Mangula collapsed during a meeting of the ruling party’s Central Committee chaired by President John Magufuli at the party’s sub-head office in Dar es Salaam. Mambosasa said CCM reported the poisoning of Mangula who is being treated at the Muhimbili National Hospital, the country’s leading referral health facility, on March 2.

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