New Harare Mayor Herbert Gomba has promised to transform the capital city during his five year tenure at the helm of the country’s biggest urban area as he demanded that government honoured its constitutional obligations to local authorities.
Gomba was on Monday elected unopposed after an MDC-T caucus meeting agreed he became the city’s number one resident.
His election was reportedly endorsed by party leader Nelson Chamisa as well as organising secretary Amos Chibaya.
He landed the post ahead of party loyalist Ian Makone as well as People’s Democratic Party spokesperson Jacob Mafume who were both seen as co-favourites to secure the city’s top council job.
In his acceptance speech, the Glen Norah Ward 27 councillor declared his vision to see through a flawless service delivery system grounded on a well managed revenue collection regime as he went on to urge central government to meet its financial obligations to local authorities.
“Our transformation agenda will be hinged on the need to increase revenue and contain costs. It’s high time we engage various players in meeting the needs of our residents,” said Gomba.
He added: “I implore government through the budget to pay local authorities the 5% constitutional allocation.”
The MDC official said “councils should be allowed latitude to connect with the outside world through exchange programs”.