MDC-T wins Chitungwiza mayoral race

CHITUNGWIZA councillors yesterday elected MDC-T’s Musekiwa Ruzvidzo as acting mayor ahead of Zanu PF’s Betty Jasoni Dokora.

BY ALBERT MASAKA

The move all but sealed the fate of the three-member Madzudzo Pawadyira-led commission which residents had taken to court over its continued stay after the expiry of its term of office last year.

Ruzvidzo won by one vote after the seven MDC-T councillors and six from Zanu PF held a secret ballot at council chambers following nominations of the two candidates for the post.

Town clerk Charity Maunga told NewsDay in an interview that the election of Ruzvidzo was done as required by the law, particularly Section 104(3) Chapter 29 of the Urban Council’s Act.

“This was done according to Section 104(3) Chapter 29 of the Urban Council’s Act. He is acting mayor until such a time that we have a mayor and or deputy mayor the moment one of those comes back the acting mayor’s term of office automatically expires.

“This is just to ensure the smooth running of council business because for council there is need for a chair of council meetings and the mayor does that functions. Since there is no mayor or deputy mayor we have to elect an acting mayor to fill-in for the mayor or deputy mayor and also to perform any other function that may be so required,” Maunga said.

Asked about the fate of the commission Maunga referred all the questions to Local Government minister, July Moyo who was not reachable yesterday.

“I was not the appointing authority so I can’t comment, should you require a comment the best person to approach is the Minister on that one,” she said.

Ruzvidzo told NewsDay after the elections that the unity among the stakeholders was key to improved service delivery in the town.

“Unity is the way forward, service delivery is key. Within this short time frame I am going to make sure that the residents as well as the employees will see changes.”


Former Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere last year suspended 24 councillors including Chitungwiza mayor Phillip Mutoti out of the 25 in Chitungwiza on allegations of corruption and appointed a commission to run the town’s affairs.

Thirteen of the suspended councillors, including Ruzvidzo, resumed work on Monday after their recent exoneration by a three-member tribunal, headed by Virginia Mudimu.

Residents also filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court through the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZHLR) against Kasukuwere’s successor, July Moyo challenging the continued illegal stay of a three-member caretaker commission since August last year.

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9 Comments

  1. Comment…MDC our party of hope,Chamisa our leader of hope come election weather you like or not Chamisa wins,now is the time shonas and ndebeles were are brothers and sisters were all called zimbabwean every where we go,the time to heart each other is over that was the culture of zanu pf to divide us,lets open our eyes and accept each other,im a shona i dont see the different between me and ndebele person we are both zimbabwean i can speak ndebele im proudly Zimbabwean Go Chamisa go!!

  2. POVO will do a good job in council with fewer or no excuses for corruption, from the way I see it. mawarirr for mayor

  3. I also see Povo as the only solution to our problems. The problem with these established parties they protect their friends no matter how corrupt they are. As of now no one is held accountable for the Constituent Development funds because Both ZANU pf and MDC MPs stole the money. so many thinks have been swept under the capert because of this Comradeship done by ZANU pf and MDC. Thats GNU was the better govt because we had MPs from three different political parties

  4. this is not new, its always been like this,MDC has led that council for decades.

    you would rather report news like eg,MDC taking over council seats in zvimba etc,then we know its a game changer

    1. Tsitsi Chitima

      hahaha you spooked nigga

  5. Lovemore Chirara

    Free and fair election

  6. Chinja chete chete gore rino wope dzichanakidza Chamisa .Chamisa woyeeee ziyakhupha kuphela noma kanjani tipei madates nemaplaces emaRalies kana kubasa tinokumbira Guqula izenzo zakho wena waya waya Nkayi Distric

  7. Tsitsi Chitima

    CHAMISA!!!!!!! WOYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

  8. POVO WITH NO PRESIDENT THE TRUTH IS YOU GUYS YOU ARE UNDER COVER FOR A MAJOR PARTY WHICH YOU WILL ALIGN IF VOTED OTHERWISE AS INDEPENDANT COUNCILLORS YOU WONT ACHIEVE ANYTHING IN EITHER ZANU PF OR MDC GOVERNMENT.WE ACTUALLY KNOW WHO YOU ARE BACKING

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