Manyenyeni named new Harare mayor

HARARE – Mount Pleasant MDC councillor, Bernard Manyenyeni, has been elected Harare mayor, beating Zanu PF’s Musatye Gwasira by a margin of 31 votes.

Manyenyeni took over Harare’s top job yesterday from Muchadeyi Masunda after being voted for by 38 elected councillors against seven who voted for the Zanu PF councillor during council’s inaugural meeting at Town House.

An elated Manyenyeni said his major thrust will be to ensure that service delivery is improved with water provision, housing and road rehabilitation being his key focus.

“I look forward to leading one united team of councillors who are all in it together. I will not be excited to see 38/7 in every resolution,” he said.

“The pressures in this city are immense and we will consult widely and engage fully.”

The MDC had nominated Obert Gutu, outgoing Justice deputy minister for the mayoral post but he failed to land the city’s top job after Local Government minister, Ignatius Chombo, said only elected councillors could be mayors.

Comments (5)

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Vada - 17 September 2013

sorry kwekweans, we voted a zanu pf mayor not because we dont want our dear President M.R.Tsvangirai but we only wanted to save our jobs from chombo axe. We would like to assure kwekwe residents that MDC-T party is in control of the council as we have the majority.

KWEKWE COUNCILLORS REPRESENTATIVE - 17 September 2013

There appears to be discord in the MDC about the mayoral issue but its no revolt this is how democracy is supposed to work. MDC spokesman Mr. Douglas Mwonzora must have the most difficult job iin the Southern hemisphere..Ok fine there is Cosatu's Vavi in South Africa but his problems pale into insignificance when compared to Mwonzora's load. Being spokeaman for a party which does not know what hit them in the past election is no stroll in the park. This is made worse by the fact that those who hit them refuse unsportingly to disclose what they floored them with. Sadly for Mwonzora, some clever charlie stole the CCTV cameras so there is no hope of capturing the playback. I have faith though that he will get back on his bike once he has his ducks in a proper row. Though he has proven beyond all doubt reasonable that he is an astute PR man who knows his onions he may this time around need the services of a professional PR firm to get him and his team out of the mushy quicksand they presently find themselves. The Mutare rally was a master stroke and will need reproduction elsewhere. He must build on this. In the interim he may need to place an embargo or gag on all press statements from his loose cannon colleagues on the mayoral issue, take the microphone and cameras off Tsvangirayi, Bennet, Biti and Chamisa, advise them, no, insist that they take a two week vacation (ANNOUNCED) . Let Khupe address the rallies in Bulawayo, Harare and Gweru based on the Mutare template, let this be her immediate task. This says not in as many words this is a people's project and it will continue to run on greased grooves in the absence of the top brass..this will also kill the ugly debate about succession in the party. Khupe has spark and spakrle, let her SHOW this. As for you Mr. Mwonzora sir, stop and STOP, then stop being confrontational and defensive . It is not helping, ditch it and the best of Zimbabwe luck to you. Of course this brings us to the issue of my invoice...

gutter poet - 17 September 2013

sorry kwekweans, we voted a zanu pf mayor not because we dont want our dear President M.R.Tsvangirai but we only wanted to save our jobs from chombo axe. We would like to assure kwekwe residents that MDC-T party is in control of the council as we have the majority.

KWEKWE COUNCILLORS REPRESENTATIVE - 17 September 2013

The ascendance of Mr Manyenyeni, a MDC-T member, to the post of Mayor of Harare is extremely welcome. ZANU(PF) councillors should cooperate with him in order to rehabilate the great city. Its worth noting that this is dertainly the end of the road for the rebuffed Former Senator and upon-a-time Deputy Minister of Justice Comrade Obert Gutu, and dear leader Comrade and fallen hero ex- PM Tsvangirai's chosen mayor for Harare. O Gutu and M Tsvangirai should work up from their senseless dreams. They should abandon their doomed political adventures.

Rabison Nyundo (THE HAMMER) - 17 September 2013

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