Imposition of mayor sparks anger in Bulawayo community

Bulawayo Mayor David Coltart

The residents of Bulawayo are expressing their strong disapproval and frustration over the imposition of the city’s mayor. They are vehemently opposed to the way in which the mayor, Mr. David Coltart, was selected, viewing it as a blatant violation of the law.

The Citizen Coalition for Change (CCC) is at the center of the residents’ criticism, as they believe the organization imposed Mr. Coltart as mayor without following proper procedures or considering the residents’ interests. The residents argue that the newly elected councillors should prioritize their duties to the city rather than pursuing political agendas.

The endorsement of Mr. Coltart by CCC President Mr. Nelson Chamisa during the lead-up to the August 2023 harmonized elections has added to the residents’ discontent.

In a statement, the Bulawayo Progressive Residents Association (BPRA) highlighted the significant responsibility that Coltart and Mabutho have in leading the city’s transformation back to its former glory. They emphasize that elected officials should represent all residents, irrespective of political affiliations, once they assume office. The BPRA insists that political parties should consult residents and stakeholders before making decisions that affect them directly, including the appointment of leaders.

The residents also demand that council committee chairpersons be elected solely based on merit, without any interference from political parties. They stress that the Urban Councils Act Chapter 29:15 grants councillors the right to exercise their discretion in electing committee chairpersons.

Furthermore, the residents of Bulawayo advocate for gender parity in the appointment of committee chairpersons, highlighting the importance of diversity and equal representation.

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