By Bulawayo Correspondent
Bulawayo: City lawyer, Solomon Mguni was on Friday elected as new Bulawayo mayor while Ward 3 councillor, Tinashe Kambarami became his deputy.
Mguni polled 17 votes against Ward 26 councillor Norman Hlabani who polled 12 in an election presided over by provincial administrator, Khonzani Moyo.
Kambarami beat MDC Alliance party favourite Mlandu Ncube, who polled 13 votes against the new deputy mayor’s 16 votes.
Bulawayo City Council has 29 councillors who were all elected on an MDC Alliance ticket.
Security was beefed up around the City Hall where the election took place with dozens of police officers hired.
This followed disturbances which were witnessed last week when the two top council officials could not be elected due to bungling by the local authority.
The council had tried to move the inaugural session to the Large City Hall in attempts to appease pressure groups and other stakeholders who had demanded to observe the election process but the move was resisted by councillors since it was illegal according to the Urban Councils statutes.
A big television screen was mounted outside city hall where the residents followed proceedings.
In his acceptance speech, Mguni promised unity, service delivery, social cohesion and economic development in the city.