BY KENNETH NYANGANI
ACTING Mutare mayor Farai Bhiza yesterday said a new mayor for the city will be elected next month to replace former mayor Blessing Tandi who was recalled by the MDC-T.
Acting town clerk Blessing Chafesuka confirmed the recall yesterday.
“I can confirm the recall of former mayor Blessing Tandi as he has ceased to be a member of the MDC-T, and as the norm his deputy Farai Bhiza is now the acting mayor,” Chafesuka said.
Bhiza said he will call for a special full council meeting in the next 30 days to elect a substantive mayor for the city.
“I am the acting mayor, and I will soon call for a special full council meeting in the next 30 days to elect a new substantive mayor.
If I fail to do so, councillors can call for a full council meeting as stipulated by the Urban Councils Act,” he said.
Bhiza said it is pivotal to also appoint a new town clerk for the city to ensure good service delivery.
Mutare has 11 remaining councillors.
Seven council wards are up for grabs during the forthcoming March 26 by-elections.