Coltart new Bulawayo mayor


Bulawayo (New Ziana)-Former Primary and Secondary Education Minister during the inclusive government, David Coltart, was on Monday elected the mayor of Bulawayo for the next five years.

Coltart, who won the Ward 4 seat on a Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) ticket in the recent harmonised elections, sailed through unopposed, together with his deputy, Ward 9 councillor Donaldson Mabutho.

Bulawayo Metropolitan province has 29 council wards, which were all won by the CCC led by Nelson Chamisa.

Nine female councillors were also sworn in under the Proportional Representation (PR).

In his acceptance speech, Coltart said his council was adopting a zero-tolerance attitude towards corruption.

“This is directed to my own councillors, there will be a zero-tolerance approach to corruption,” he said, adding the policy will also apply to full time members of the council staff.

Coltart said the council will set up a hotline manned by an independent person so that citizens will phone and be whistleblowers.

“We want such issues to be thoroughly investigated and dealt with in a fair manner. If the scourge of corruption is not dealt with, our society is not going to develop. We are all under notice, that is the approach I will adopt and I know I will have absolute support of my fellow councillors in that regard.”

Cleaning up of the city and reviewing of historical contracts will be some of the immediate priorities of the incoming council, said

“We cannot be proud of our city if we allow this filth to continue and this has to be an immediate priority. As a lawyer, I understand that properly entered into contracts must be observed and implemented. But if we find that contracts have not been properly entered into and if council lawyers advise us that these are capable of variation or cancellation, in the best interest of our citizens that must be done,” he said.

In the short term, Coltart said the council will deal with perennial water shortage in the city, adding that they will soon convene all stakeholders’ meetings around the city to get views from residents.

“We have massive obstacles and challenges to face and if we are to restore this city to its greatness, we cannot do that as the CCC caucus alone,” he said.

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