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Chitungwiza finally elects new Mayor

By Takunda Mandura

Chitungwiza Town Council has finally elected a substantive mayor 7 months after the nullifications of Councillor Gift Tsverere election to the top seat by the High Court.

The new Mayor Councillor Lovemore Maiko of MDC Alliance polled 16 votes against Zanu PF’s Councillor Kevin Mutimbanyoka who managed only 7 votes.

Councillor Musa Makweza of MDC Alliance was elected Deputy Mayor with 16 votes outclassing Zanu PF’s candidate Councillor John Matienga who got 5 votes while 2 ballots were deemed to be spoiled votes.

Speaking after his election, Councillor Maiko promised to improve the water and sewer situation which have troubled the highly populated city for many years.

“We want to make sure that we meet the expectation of our people in terms of providing quality service delivery by making sure that we deal with issues to do with water and sewer reticulations and issues to do with solid waste.

“We are also going to deal with issues around infrastructure development, improving our road networks and also making sure that we do have space for small to medium enterprises,”” he said.

It, however, remains unclear how Councillor Maiko was preferred ahead of Tsverere who had won the nod before the nullification in September 2018.

Chitungwiza Town Council is dominated by MDC Alliance which has about 21 Councillors while Zanu PF has.




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Daniel Chigundu

Daniel Chigundu is a male journalist in Zimbabwe and has been practising since September 2009. He used to the editor for The Business Connect (newspaper) in Harare, has his own news website Tourism Focus which is biased towards the tourism sector. Daniel is also working with Magamba Network on their project called Open Parliament where they do live coverage of Parliamentary activities on Twitter and Facebook. He is currently the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Parliamentary Journalists Forum, is a member of Zimbabwe Small Broadcasters Association and a board member of Digital Communication Network. He holds a Diploma in Communication and Journalism from the Christian College of Southern Africa (CCOSA), a certificate in Youth leadership training from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), a certificate in Citizen Journalism from Magamba Network and is currently a first-year student at Zimbabwe Open University studying for a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Ethics and Organisational Leadership.

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