Union Day is celebrated in Tanzania and Zanzibar on April 26 annually, but there's little unity to speak of between the islands and the mainland today
Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) John Magufuli is hoping to succeed President Jakaya Kikwete and has waded into a controversial issue.
Coalition politics in Africa are rarely on ideology, but on the single mission of kicking out a dominant ruling party, or retaining power
Season of u-turns in African politics: Jilted Tanzania ex-PM new opposition chief, rival jumps in bed with Nkurunziza
Game of musical chairs however could only bring more uncertainty in East Africa, and frustration with its opportunistic politics.
Edward Lowassa came up short in attempt to succeed outgoing president Jakaya Kikwete on Chama Cha Mapinduzi ticket.
Tanzania has held regular elections since 1964, with CCM dominating governance of the nation.
38 hopefuls scramble for Tanzania ruling party presidential nod; it's one of the most open races in Africa yet
The winner is expected to take the east African country's top job after October elections.
Ruling parties scoff at 'Nigeria template': Ethiopia declares election success, Tanzania to pick presidential candidate
In Nigeria the ruling party was dethroned, but in two other African major economies, there is no chance of a repeat.