5 September 2018
Praise Masvosva in Harare and Prisca Manyiwa in Kwekwe
Chitungwiza and Kwekwe councillors yesterday elected their mayors with Gift Tsverere landing the post for Chitown while councillor Angeline Kasipo was elected the first mayoress for Kwekwe.
The 35-year-old Tsverere garnered 19 votes beating councillor Kiven Mutimbanyoka who got two votes in Chitungwiza while Kasipo was unopposed in Kwekwe.
Councillor Jabulani Mtunzi was appointed deputy mayor for Chitungwiza while former Mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa will deputise Kasipo in Kwekwe.
Three councillors walked away before the voting process in Chitungwiza after chaos before the voting process.
Tsverere could not hide his elation at being appointed the Chitungwiza mayor.
“I am very happy that I am the new Chitungwiza mayor and I am ready to work with the people.
“Infrastructure is the first thing that I will look on; we need to bury our differences and work together.
“We want to build Chitungwiza and develop it,” he said.
“I promise to work with people and deliver the best.”
Meanwhile, Kasipo is the first female Mayor in Kwekwe since the country’s independence in 1980.
Speaking to journalists on the sidelines of the swearing in ceremony, Kasipo expressed her gratitude to the fellow councillors for choosing her without any opposition and she promised to work hard in improving the service delivery of the city.
“I feel humbled, it’s quite an achievement to become the first female Mayor of the city of Kwekwe.
“Councilors we have been chosen not to celebrate but to work and deliver to our residents, we have so much to do; our city infrastructure needs urgent attention, water pipes and several other issues need our attention,” said Kasipo.