Monday 4 April 2022


THE eight Bulawayo City Council (BCC) councillors who won in the just ended by-elections, were on Monday sworn in and took their oath of loyalty to both Government and the local authority.

The swearing-in of the councillors, five of whom are returning ones, comes at a time when ratepayers are expecting the new members to deliver on their election promises.

The swearing-in ceremony, which was held at the council chamber, was attended by other councillors, heads of council departments, relatives and friends of the newly elected councillors.

First to take the oath of office was Ward 8 councillor Edwin Ndlovu, followed by his Ward 9 counterpart Clr Donaldson Mabutho. Others were Councillors Lilian Mlilo (Ward 12), Concilia Mlalazi (Ward 13), Christopher Dube (Ward 19), Alderman Earnest Rafamoyo (Ward 20), Tinevimbo Maphosa (Ward 21) and Mpumelelo Moyo (Ward 26).

BCC Town Clerk Mr Christopher Dube presided over the swearing in ceremony while council chamber secretary Mrs Sikhangele Zhou assisted the councillors in reciting the oath.

The new councillors were sworn in terms of section 47(3) of the Urban Councils Act Chapter 29: 15, which stipulates that before undertaking any duty as such a councillor shall take and subscribe before the town clerk of the council such oath of loyalty and office as may be prescribed.

Speaking on behalf of Bulawayo Provincial Affairs and Devolution Minister Judith Ncube, District Coordinator for Imbizo in the metropolitan province, Ms Tswagai Fikike Marovatsanga urged the new councillors to embrace Government programmes in discharging their duties in line with the National Development Strategy 1 (NDS1).

“On behalf of the Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs and Devolution, we would to welcome the new councillors and congratulate them. You have been entrusted with the responsibility to serve people. We have the National Development Strategy 1 that we areall working towards and again council also have its own strategic plan, that feeds into NDS1 as we try to build our nation,” she said.

“We should sing from the same hymn book when it comes to national development issues.” Chronicle



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