Tanzania’s high court on Monday endorsed an economics professor as authentic national chairman of opposition Civic United Front, the east African nation’s second largest opposition party.

The court endorsed Ibrahim Lipumba the opposition party’s national chairman after it had overturned an application by the party’s secretary general Seif Shariff Hamad challenging Lipumba’s chairmanship of the party.

The judge concurred with the objection submitted in the case by the attorney general on behalf of the Registrar of Political Parties.

The attorney general had questioned the legal basis for Hamad challenging Lipumba’s chairmanship on the basis that he lacked the backing of the party’s board of trustees.

The two leaders have led factions within the party fighting for control for the last two years with the feuding factions having had several counter suits filed against each other.

But judge Masoud’s ruling was a significant setback for the Hamad’s faction, with Lipumba now assuming the decision making position in the party.

Lipumba was re-elected chairman last week in an extraordinary meeting of the party after which he dislodged Hamad as the party’s secretary general. Enditem


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