Harare needs an executive mayor: Manyenyeni

HARARE mayor Bernard Manyenyeni has challenged residents and other stakeholders to lobby government to ensure his successor be given executive powers if the city is to achieve its ambitious plan to attain world class status by 2025.


Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni
Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni

Manyenyeni made the remarks last week during a vending alternative policy conference organised by Vendors Initiative for Social and Economic Transformation (VISET).

“The crisis that we have in Zimbabwe does not want a mayor who is not an executive one; we need an executive mayor who can make things happen. I cannot change it myself because when I came into the office I found it like that,” he said.

“Stakeholders have got a mandate to change that so that next mayor who comes after me can be an executive mayor.
Not to wait for the full council meeting after a lot of procedures. Some things need to be dealt with there and there without wasting so much time.

“When things are not okay like this we need a mayor who has powers not just a mayor who stays time in his office and waits to read full council meeting minutes. If things are as bad as they are now there is no reason to wait for a full council resolution,” he added.

Manyenyeni also hailed VISET for coming up with a policy for vendors, and promised that the city council will look at it and will make adjustments if there is need.

Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Small to Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development chairperson Dorothy Mangami urged VISET to work with the ministry and the council to come up with one policy.

“You cannot have your own policy. You should work with the city of Harare to come up with one thing. Sit down with them and highlight what you don’t want and come up with one thing.

“I also want to encourage you to avoid politics in your forums because it distorts everything,” Mangami added.

The VICET proposed national policy for urban street vendors highlighted issues to do with regulatory process, relocation and rehabilitation, legislation and required interventions among other things.


  1. This is double standard. You are talking of a Mayor with sweeping powers but we are all in agreement that we dont want such powers. If we ask you bout executive powers for the President you quickly say NO. Dont confuse people

  2. No Bernard. What Harare needs is a TOWN CLERK. All executive authority is vested in him/her as the city’s CEO. Executive mayor then town clerk is a no no no as that would be top heavy and a waste of money. Remember we had executive mayors before!

  3. No to executive mayors! put the house in order and run it in a professional way coz your playing with our hard tax money! as Zimbabweans we need results! all roads to be fixed! hospitals to work and the rest!

  4. Yes to an executive mayor, we do not want a ceremonial mayor who is toothless and cannot do anything unless Tyson says yes. If we have an executive President, why not a mayor. An un-elected officer who is not even accountable to the electorate cannot be held accountable. To make matters worse, the current mayor cannot even hire or fire the town clerk with going through Tyson and you wonder to whom will he/she be accountable to.

  5. Loveness Manyati

    Some of the best run Cities in Africa have executive Mayors, take a look at Capetown for example. Those who don`t understand local government and it`s functions won`t see why and how this works. At this point it is the only strategy to ensure money is used for what it is paid for and service delivery takes place where needed!!!

  6. The coming in of a ceremonial mayor was the works of ZANU PF atfer they realized that they will never will the mayoral elections otherwise an executive mayor is needed.

  7. Give devolution a chance. It works wonders. As long as we fix politicians as ministers, development will always be politicised. A local govt leader should only be answerable to the public who can impeach him/her over gross misconduct. A minister with political interest will always tether the mayor to toe their way thereby hindering the general performance.

  8. We tried it in the past but it didn’t work Mr Manyenyeni. Have you forgotten? The executive mayors became a huge burden to our cities as they required huge perks. There is nothing special that an executive mayor can do besides diluting the functions of the town clerk. The problems faced by our towns and cities are simply a reflection of the wider postcolonial quagmire that we are in right now. In short our towns and cities can’t do well if the country isn’t doing well.

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