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Tanzania Labor Party member bids farewell to politics Special

By Neema Tele     Oct 3, 2013 in Politics
Mtwara - Leader of the provincial Tanzania Labor Party (TLP) between 2000 and 2010, Raj Bikku today announced that he will not seek re-election when his current term ends.
A longtime member of the Tanzania Labor Party ( TLP) in Mtwara province, Raj Bikku, sits quietly in his office , collecting memories of the past ten years that he has spent in the Legislature.For the veteran, usually engaged in political debate to represent the minority of political supporters in a sea of change, the moment of silence says a lot.
One of only a handful of elected TLPs in Mtwara, Bikku had a full portfolio this year, working as a critic for up to seven different ministries and departments. His tireless engagement in such a range of issues forced Bikku to do a lot of reading and research in order to be well versed in those various areas of debate. ‘‘You bring with you as an academic lots of background knowledge and preparation that helps you stand up there and think on your loot and speak to bills.” Raj Bikku said.
"If you take your job seriously, then there's a great deal of opportunity to learn new things, but it also requires putting lots of effort and personal time, and that means finding time for each of the various responsibilities that you're discharging at the same time," says Bikku. The unique political culture of his riding, which strays from the general conservative values manifest in the rest of Tanzania, has traditionally elected representatives with more communitarian values.
“I was one of those few lucky ones who got elected the very first time," says Bikku, who squeaked onto the political scene in 2000, winning the riding with 58 votes over his political opponent. "Having been an academic was also very helpful, because you bring with you as an academic lots of background knowledge and preparation that helps you stand up there and think on your feet and speak to bills."
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