Ward 8 Councillor, Edwin Ndlovu, has formed a local ward development committee, to interface aimed at engaging residents through regular meetings and making representations to council, fulfilling one of his election campaign promises.
The Ward 8 development committee made up of renowned Bulawayo residents who serve in various capacities, will act as the bridge that allows communication between the municipality and residents through their ward councillor.
In an interview with CITE, Ndlovu said the committee members were chosen by the residents and would represent a wide variety of community interests.
“The ward committee has to meet regularly under the chairperson and we are yet to decide how many times a month these meetings will be held. I, also as the councillor, must report back to people so regular meetings are crucial. The plan is for us to discuss solutions for Ward 8’s development,” he said.
“The idea is for us to engage with each other as a community through regular meetings and other forms of interaction.”
The councillor noted the Ward 8 Development Committee is made up of residents’ association chairpersons of Mzilikazi, Nguboyenja, Thorngrove and Barbourfields, who were individuals with different skills cutting across business, religion and sports.
“The committee is chaired by a respected Pastor Mathe from the African Presbyterian Church of Central Africa. He will be deputised by Jacob Magutshwa who is the Mzilikazi Residents Association chairman. The secretary is a youth, Khanyisile Dhlomo from Thorngrove and will be deputised by an activist Wesley Moyo. Our treasurer is also a woman of God, Pastor Dorcas Mutende of African Methodist Church,” he said.
“Former footballer who also contested as an independent council candidate, Tobias Mudyambanje, was elected organising secretary and former broadcaster Musa Pilime was elected secretary for information and publicity for the ward. Another former footballer Njabulo ‘Tshiki’ Ncube was elected as secretary for sports in the ward. Dr Mpala who is the current medic of Chicken Inn football club was elected secretary for health. A well-known Mzilikazi businessman Tennyson Ngcebetsha was chosen as secretary for business while ICT guru Robert Ndlovu was elected secretary for ICT.”
Ndlovu confirmed the formulation of this committee shall spearhead development within the ward and encouraged citizens to partake in these meetings.
“Working with communities, elected officials should be servants of the people who should work hard to positively change their lives. Citizens deserve progressive politics of development,” said the Ward 8 councillor.