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Party for Democracy and Progress
Leader Freeman Mbowe
Founded 28 May 1992
Ideology Conservatism
Political position Centre-right
International affiliation International Democrat Union (associate)
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Chadema is a center-right political party in Tanzania. It campaigns largely on an anti-corruption platform. The name is short for Chama cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo,[1] Swahili for Party for Democracy and Progress.


In the 1995 general election, the party won 4 out of 269 seats in the National Assembly and 42 councillors nationwide.

In 2000 election, the party did not have the presidential candidate but it won five seats in National Assembly elections held on the same day. 75 Councillors and three district councils: kigoma, karatu, and Tarime.[citation needed]

In the 2005 elections Chadema's presidential candidate, Freeman Mbowe, finished third out of ten candidates, with 5.88% of the vote. further increased its share in the national assembly as it continued becoming more popular and popular especially among the youths and managed to get eleven members of parliament 103 Councillors and retained the district councils of Kigoma, Tarime and Karatu.

In the 2010 general elections, Chadema substantially increased its share of the national vote. Dr. Willbrod Peter Slaa, Secretary General of the party until August 2015, gained 27.1% of the vote in the presidential election, a substantial increase on the 5.88% of the vote gained by the Chadema candidate in the 2005 election. The party also won 48 seats making it the second-largest party in the National Assembly for the first time and a further 467 Councillors and 7 Districts councils most of the seats won by Chadema geographically are constituencies found in major towns and urban areas of Tanzania like Moshi urban, Mwanza, Arusha, Mbeya city and Dar es Salaam in particular.

In the upcoming general election in October 2015, Chadema has joined with other political parties CUF (Civil United Front), NLD (National League for Democracy), and NCCR-Mageuzi to form Umoja wa Katiba ya Wananchi (UKAWA) and the union is represented by one presidential candidate, Edward Lowassa.[2]


  1. ^ Peter, Felister (20 October 2015). "Lowassa vows to improve Tunduma border post". IPP media. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Lowassa quits CCM, joins Chadema". The Narok Newspaper Edition. 29 July 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015. 

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