Aspiring councillor for Ward 8 in Bulawayo, Edwin Ndlovu says residents are ready for the by-election and are excited by the coming in of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC).
Ward 8 covers Barbourfields, Mzilikazi, Nguboyenja, Thorngrove Infill including Burombo Flats.
In an interview with CITE, Ndlovu who was doing a door-to-door campaign in Mzilikazi Suburb Tuesday said residents were stoked by the energy of CCC.
Ndlovu is up against five other candidates who are Loveness Nomsa Ndlovu – Zanu PF, Bekezela Ncube – ZAPU, Tafara Gandare – United Democratic Alliance (UDA), Rosa Ndlovu – MDC Alliance plus three independents namely Taurai Mashizhe, Albert Moyo and Tobias Nyamhlambanje.
“People are very excited about their party CCC and their candidate. We are looking forward to March 26, 2022, which is the day of voting. People are happy about their party, they are actually saying that we delayed changing to CCC when it was under persecution from the state and aided by (Douglas) Mwonzora (leader of one MDC-T faction),” he said.
Ndlovu said residents’ faith in the party was also fuelled by the CCC rally held at White City Stadium over the weekend where interim leader, Nelson Chamisa informed them this was a new movement driven by citizens’ aspirations.
“The rally was a clear statement by Bulawayo citizens who welcomed the party and a statement from the CCC leadership who explained the new party was a break from the past and would do things differently,” said the aspiring councillor.
He also noted that Ward 8 residents were clear they wanted servant leadership and a hands-on representative who would attend to service delivery issues fast.
“I fit well with their aspirations. I shall be a people’s servant and literally their messenger. We shall walk together with residents in both good and difficult times,” Ndlovu said.
“My manifesto majors on service delivery, whereby I shall make sure the issue of water, sewer and potholes are attended to faster than before.”
Ndlovu added that he would endeavour to spearhead development in the ward.
“I shall formulate a Ward Development Committee, which shall assist me embark on developmental programmes within the ward. We are looking at making sure that our children are removed from spending their time on the roads, bottle stores and bridges and make sure that they are assisted in their career paths of their choice,” he said.
Ndlovu has a BA in English and Communication Studies; BA Special Honours in Media and Communication Studies and a MSc in Peace Leadership and Conflict Resolution.
“I am a strong proponent of devolution of power hence I feel I should assist my ward and the city general with my expertise. I am a business person and a farmer as well,” said the aspiring councillor.