Harare city councillors Tuesday elected Ward 8 councillr, Chris Mbanga, as the city’s deputy mayor to replace the late Thomas Muzuva who passed away last month after a long struggle with cancer.
Councillor Mbanga told VOA Studio 7 he will bring a wealth of experience to Town House and hopes to help restore Harare to its former, "Sunshine City" status.
"I am feeling great and I would like to pay tribute to my predessesor councillor the late councillor Thomas Muzuva for his wisdom, forthrightedness, tenacity, positive leadership, honesty and deep knowledge of council systems and by-laws," said Mbanga soon after his appointment.
"This appointment for me means I can now put forward my commitment to providing service delivery to the residents of Harare and kind consideration to the welfare of the physically handicapped, widows, women, children and the elderly amongst other vulnarable groups of residents of Harare," he added.
Mbanga said he brings in wisdom and a clean administration and will not tolerate corruption especially among municipal police who handle vendor issues.
He dismissed reports that he was hand-picked by MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai and then imposed on the councillors.
"I have put in my time at the party, I bring wisdom and maturity to the council and other councillors felt confident in voting me in as deputy mayour, I am not an imposition,"said Mbanga.