via Moyo elected Bulawayo mayor – DailyNews Live by Pindai Dube 17 SEPTEMBER 2013
BULAWAYO – Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC councillor for Ward three, Martin Moyo, is the new Bulawayo mayor after being elected unopposed Tuesday.
Sikhangele Zhou, the Bulawayo City Council chamber secretary, town clerk Middleton Nyoni and provincial administrator Konzani Ncube conducted the polls at City Hall’s council chambers.
Moyo emerged the winner among 29 city councillors and takes over from Patrick Thaba-Moyo who lost the July 31 council elections.
The new mayor will be deputised by Ward five councillor Gift Banda who defeated councillor Ernest Rafamoyo of Ward 20 and Collet Ndlovu of Ward 28 in the polls.
Banda, a former football administrator got 14 votes, Rafamoyo eight, while Ndlovu received seven.
Speaking after elections, Mayor Moyo said he will make sure council provides an excellent service delivery system.
“I am overwhelmed; this is a great honour you have entrusted upon me,” Moyo said.
“The honour gives me the task of leading this city as its erstwhile mayor and I would like to thank you all councillors who participated in this election.
“We, as Bulawayo have a reputation of being the best run city in the country and we should continue with this legacy by providing excellent services to the people.
Our roads are bad, our public places need upgrading and we have a problem in providing water. But today I pledge that this council will deliver.”
All the 29 councillors belong to the MDC led by Tsvangirai and the party had initially seconded National University of Science and Technology (Nust) lecturer, Mandla Nyathi to be the mayor, but later also shortlisted Moyo after Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo directed that only elected councillors should take over the mayoral positions.