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Losing MPs grapple for mayoral post


THE bulk of losing MDC-T House of Assembly aspirants in last month’s elections in Manicaland are eyeing the Mutare mayoral post.


MDC-T Manicaland vice-chairman Shuah Mudiwa, who lost to Zanu PF candidate Christopher Mushohwe in Mutare West constituency, admitted that he was aiming for the post.

“Yes, it is my interest to see Mutare transform. I have lived in this city since birth and I have seen the good and bad standards of Mutare. It’s now time that qualified and competent people be put in administration,” said Mudiwa.

Housing and Social Amenities minister Giles Mutsekwa, who lost to his party’s Arnold Tsunga in Chikanga-Dangamvura, said if the people of Mutare invited him to take up the post he would accept the position.

“It’s the people who make that decision,” he said.

“Politicians are servants of the people and, therefore, we listen to the people. Once the people decide, they will let me know,” said Mutsekwa.

However, others whose names have been put forward professed ignorance on the reports.

Losing Mutasa North MP David Chimhini said he was not eyeing the post, but would not turn it down if he was invited.

Outgoing Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Local Government, Rural and Urban Development chairperson Lynette Karenyi said she was not interested in the job.

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