Tsvangirai takes charge of mayoral issue

MDC-T President Morgan Tsvangirai has declared that as party leader he will have the final say on who will occupy the mayoral positions in Harare and Bulawayo.

Highly placed sources who attended the party’s National Executive Committee meeting last week told The Zimbabwean, Tsvangirai had not minced his words.

“The president was very firm and told us that he would have the final say. He ordered the NEC to consider those names that had been submitted by January 31. He as leader will then have the final say as to who becomes mayor,” said an NEC member on condition of anonymity.

Addressing the party’s Harare provincial Council last week, Tsvangirai said the move was meant to stem corruption.

“I am very aware of what happened and the corruption in our councils. I will be responsible for who will be Mayor. I want someone who is politically correct but will also be able to discharge their duties diligently,” said Tsvangirai.

There has been serious jockeying for positions within the MDC-T with senior members of the party most who lost their constituencies in the July 31 election eyeing the Harare Mayor’s job.

Energy Minister Elton Mangoma appears to be the frontrunner, followed by spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora, Murisi Zwizwai and current mayor, Muchadeyi Masunda. Political analyst, Trevor Maisiri, said the Harare and Bulawayo Mayoral positions were strategic.

“We must look beyond the politics and look at people’s livelihoods and professional careers. The jockeying that you will see for positions is not just political, it’s a livelihood issue,” said Maisiri.

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