The opposition MDC Alliance has once again dominated Masvingo city council chambers after grabbing 7 of the 10 council seats with analyst describing the victory as a seal of approval by residents on the quality of councilors the opposition fielded.
Opposition has close to two decades has been dominating the local authority seats, while the ruling Zanu PF has on the other hand finding it difficult to find favor with the urban voters.
To add icing on the victory, the Alliance also managed to win the Masvingo urban parliamentary seat and hopes are high that the country’s first urban settlement will see a remarked improvement in terms of service delivery in the next five years.
“this is a good thing that the opposition now controls both the parliamentary seat and council, the coordination between the Mp and councilors from the same party will possibly bring about real change to the city
“Unlike in the past where the opposition controlled council while Zanu PF controlled the parliamentary seat, thats why the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) was abused by one party at the expense of the city,” said an analyst who is a Great Zimbabwe University Lecturer.
However , toast of the day was the return of former deputy mayor Selina Maridza in the chambers after she trounced Gracia Mundondo in ward one to be come the only female councilor in the city.
This will be the second term councilor Maridza will be at the service of the city and her ward, she once served in council after being voted into office in the 2008 elections.
The results of July 30 voting also saw the re-election of Godfrey Kurauone, Daniel Mberikunashe, Babylon Beta and Richard Musekiwa in ward 4, 5, 9 and 7 respectively all from the MDC Alliance.
Other notable entrance into the council chambers are prominent city lawyer Collins Maboke from Mdc Alliance and property mogul Wellington Mahwende from Zanu PF.