By Mwanja Ibadi

Lindi. Former Foreign Affairs minister Bernard Membe yesterday hinted at a “return” after more than a year since he joined the opposition politics.
Mr Membe, who had sought the ruling party’s nomination for presidency in 2015, was expelled from the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party  last February after he was accused of indiscipline and violating the party’s ethics and constitution.
He was also a critic of former President John Magufuli, who died of heart condition in March.
After being kicked out, he joined the Alliance for Change and Transparency (ACT) Wazalendo party which nominated him as its presidential candidate during the 2020 General Election.
However, Mr Membe who did not actively participate in the last year’s election campaign, said yesterday that he was “on the way back somewhere.”
He did not clearly clarify, but praised President Samia Suluhu Hassan and promised his support, glittering the signs of rejoining the ruling party.
“Let me ask you to forget the past and start anew in building our Rondo and our nation,” he told a rally at Rondo village where Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa was addressing.
He was welcomed to speak to the gathering by Mr Majaliwa, who is in Lindi for an official visit.
Mr Membe said he would  officially start his return after a court ruling on October 12.
He said the people of Rondo and he were “ready to offer all necessary cooperation to the president and her government as she has shown a commitment to bring the country back to the pillars of national unity and international relations.”
Mr Membe said President Hassan has become an electrical engineer, who “is turning on all the switches that were turned off as Tanzania has now begun to appear in the face of the international community, democracy and international cooperation.” He said the people of Rondo and Lindi Region support the president at all times, adding that she has shown a willingness to help her people practically by clearing barriers.
“I’m ready to be her campaign manager for the 2025 presidential election campaigns,” said Mr Membe.
Mr Membe also asked Premier Majaliwa to convey his greetings and congratulations to President Hassan for the “good work she has been doing and her generosity.”
For his part, Mr Majaliwa said he received the compliments on behalf of the President and would pass them on to her.
He also called on the people of Rondo to support the President’s efforts to provide funding for the construction of facilities for health, education and infrastructure.
“The government provides a lot of money for development projects including education, health and infrastructure,” he said.

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