Former Kwekwe mayor eyes return

FORMER Kwekwe mayor Shadreck Tobaiwa is eyeing a return to the helm of the local authority following his election as a councillor on July 30 on an MDC Alliance ticket.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Tobaiwa, who was ceremonial mayor between 2008 and 2013, but left office after he lost council elections to Zanu PF, said he had unfinished business.

“I want to finish what I started, to up the developmental agenda of Kwekwe,” he said.

MDC Alliance won 13 council seats, with one going to Zanu PF’s Maclean Nyakucherera.

In 2013, MDC-T lost seven council seats to Zanu PF and owing to internal fights, some MDC-T councillors then voted for Zanu PF’s Matenda Madzoke for mayor.

Madzoke, judged as one of the best mayors by the Kwekwe Residents’ Association, lost his re-election bid.

“I did my best and I am proud of my track record. I bow out with my head high and wish the new mayor and team a good run,” Madzoke said.

Madzoke made headlines when he turned down an official car and, instead, ordered the local authority to use the money to buy a refuse collection truck.