14 Victoria Falls councillors sworn-in Cllr Tariro Mutapwa taking an oath before Town Clerk Mr Ronnie Dube

Leonard Ncube, [email protected]

FOURTEEN newly elected councillors for Victoria Falls City were yesterday sworn-in with an induction workshop scheduled for next week.

Victoria Falls Town Clerk Mr Ronnie Dube presided over the swearing-in ceremony at a local hotel.

A total of 11 councillors were elected during the harmonised elections to represent the city’s 11 wards while three were elected under the women’s quota.

All the councillors were elected on a Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) ticket, with the opposition party also providing two of the three proportional representation while the third one came from Zanu-PF.

Victoria Falls councillors during swearing in ceremony

The councillors who were sworn in yesterday are: Ephias Mambume (Ward 1), Tafadzwa Mutowa (Ward 2), Lungile Nyoni (Ward 3), Richard Mguni (Ward 4), Lewis Ncube (Ward 5), Derreck Munsaka (Ward 6), Prince Thuso Dilelihle Moyo (Ward 7), Priscilla Mhlanga (Ward 8), Mthunzi Mpofu (Ward 9), Nkanyiso Sibindi (Ward 10), and Daniel Moyo (Ward 11).

Cllr Mutowa is the only independent candidate and there are four female councillors namely Cllr Mhlanga, and three women’s quota councillors Mabukwana Ndlovu, Mariya Phiri and Tariro Mutapwa. Five are returning councillors while the rest are new.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by the city management, politicians from different political parties and residents.

The oath speaks to loyalty to Victoria Falls City and the country’s laws as well as resolutions and by-laws of the city.

Speaking during the ceremony, Mr Dube implored councillors to represent residents diligently while the chamber secretary Ms Kholwani Mange also reiterated the need for the councillors to execute their duties in a manner that bears a win-win situation for the local authority and residents.

“On the 11th and 12th of September, there will be an induction workshop for councillors which is going to take place at the Hwange Safari Lodge. It will be ourselves and other local authorities in Matabeleland North,” said Mr Dube.

“Then on September 14, we are going to have our first full council meeting during which the councillors will elect a new mayor, deputy mayor and reconstitute council committees.”

The new councillors pledged to address challenges affecting the city, particularly the issue of water challenges which has seen residents going for days without the precious liquid.

The rapid growth of the city in terms of the number of properties and hotels has put pressure on water supply, sewerage services, solid waste, roads and drainage.

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