THE MDC-T’s standing committee has endorsed Obert Gutu as Harare mayor-elect ahead of other top contenders like out-going mayor Muchadeyi Masunda and former councillor Warship Dumba.
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Gutu confirmed the development yesterday, but declined to give details.
“I am humbled by the party leadership’s confidence in me and I will try my level best to give it my all to ensure Harare retains its sunshine city status,” Gutu said.
MDC-T sources told NewsDay that Gutu was adjudged the best following interviews conducted by the party’s standing committee at Harvest House last week.
The former Deputy Minister of Justice and MDC-T Harare provincial spokesperson now awaits formal endorsement through a secret ballot by councillors at their first sitting expected soon.
His appointment automatically qualifies him to be chairperson of the Harare Metropolitan Province — a government administrative arm which encompasses councillors, senators and Members of the House of Assembly.
An MDC-T source yesterday said the party leadership had also selected Thomas Muzuva as deputy mayor and also selected council committee chairpersons.