The City of Harare has selected new leadership for the next five years. Councillor Ian Makone of the Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) was elected as the new Mayor. He will take over responsibilities for managing the city’s operations and development initiatives.
Councillor Kudzai Kadzombe from Ward 41 will serve as Makone’s deputy. Both Councillors Makone and Kadzombe prevailed in competitive votes against their rivals from the ruling ZANU-PF party. Councillor Temany Utete and Councillor Susan Chuma had sought the mayoral and deputy positions, respectively, on ZANU-PF’s ticket.
As Mayor, Councillor Makone inherits leadership of one of Zimbabwe’s largest cities during a challenging time. Harare faces issues like inadequate infrastructure, water shortages, and economic uncertainty. Many hope the new administration will work to improve living standards and revive urban development. Councillor Kadzombe’s role as Deputy Mayor will be to support these efforts under Makone’s direction.