Councillor David Coltart of the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) has been elected as the new mayor of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe’s second-largest city.
He will lead the city council for the next five years, succeeding Solomon Mguni, who was recalled by the MDC Alliance1.
Coltart, a former education minister and human rights lawyer, won the mayoral election on Monday, with 17 votes out of 2823.
His deputy will be Councillor Donaldson Mabuto who also got 17 votes23.
Both Coltart and Mabuto are members of the CCC, an opposition coalition led by Nelson Chamisa4.
Coltart’s victory was not without controversy, as some CCC councillors reportedly plotted to defy Chamisa’s directive to vote for him and Mabuto5.
Some councillors preferred Councillor Felix Mhaka from Ward 12, who was also nominated for the mayoral position5.
However, Mhaka withdrew his nomination before the vote, paving the way for Coltart’s win5.
Coltart’s rival from the ruling ZANU-PF party, Councillor Kidwell Mujuru from Ward 22, received 11 votes in the mayoral election23.
His running mate, Councillor Sikhululekile Moyo from Ward 7, also got 11 votes in the deputy mayoral election23.
As the new mayor of Bulawayo, Coltart has vowed to clean up the city, which he said has become a cesspit with rubbish everywhere67.
He also intends to review all contracts awarded by the previous council and to improve service delivery and infrastructure4.
He has called for peace and unity among residents after recent violence at a football match between Dynamos and Highlanders3.
Nkomo, as the deputy mayor, will support Coltart in his duties and oversee various committees and projects in the city4.
He is a seasoned politician and a former senator for Bulawayo Metropolitan Province4.
The new leadership of Bulawayo has been welcomed by many residents, who hope that they will bring positive change and development to the city.
Some residents expressed their confidence in Coltart’s experience and integrity, while others praised Mabuto’s grassroots activism and vision34
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