Responding to the accusations before journalists in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Ukawa co-chairman and NCCR-Mageuzi national Chairman James Mbatia said Dr Slaa was the mastermind behind Lowassa's defection to Chadema.
did not direct Lowassa to think of joining Chadema
only if he was brought along 20 CCM regional chairpersons, 50 CCM Members of Parliament and 88 CCM district chairpersons, as claimed by Dr Slaa," said Mbatia
Responding to the claim, Mbatia said: "We didn't have any written document on the number of CCM followers contemplating joining Ukawa...
But we are happy because we have already received many of them as a result of Lowassa's crossing over to Chadema
also noted that it was seven years since Lowassa resigned as PM following the Richmond emergency power generation scandal, like Lowassa himself wondering why no legal action had been taken on the matter until now.
Turning to Dr Slaa's "baseless claims" that religious leaders received between 60m/- to 300m/- from Lowassa, Mbatia
said the plan there was to drive a wedge between Chadema faithful and clerics.
wondered why Dr Slaa did not alert police if indeed there was an attempt to offer him a 500 million/- bribe "so that he could help defuse the Richmond saga in 2008".