MDC-T councilor for Ward 2 in Kwekwe Future Titora has been elected the new mayor of Kwekwe, while Ward 3 Councilor Pikurai Msipa (MDC Alliance) was elected deputy mayor.
The elections were held on Thursday at the council chambers.
Titora won after a re-run following a deadlock on votes with Ward 7 councilor Charles Juta from the MDC Alliance. The new mayor, delivering her acceptance speech, appealed to fellow councilors to desist from “bickering” and prioritise service delivery.
“I appeal to my fellow councilors to stop bickering in the chambers and refocus our energy on service delivery. Service delivery and service should be our motto guided by Vision 2030 being spearheaded by our government.”
Kwekwe city council has been rocked with battles for control mostly between the Nelson Chamisa-led MDC Alliance and Douglas Mwonzora`s MDC T.
Titora, who becomes Kwekwe`s second successive female mayor, also pledged to“spearhead development within the city” and ensure a quality service delivery.
The mayoral and deputy mayor posts fell vacant following the recall of Angeline Kasipo (Ward 10) and Melody Chingarande (Ward 5) respectively, by the MDC T earlier this month. The two, together with Ward 12 councillor Washington Moyo, reportedly were recalled for refusing to follow orders from Harvest House during the election to replace former deputy mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa who died last month.
Msipa, the new deputy mayor also pledged to work amicably with his fellow councillors without promoting a partisan agenda.
Kwekwe District Development Coordinator Fortune Mpungu, who presided over the election, urged the new council leadership to set aside their political differences for the good of the residents.