Newly elected Harare Deputy Mayor, Luckson Mukunguma says he is ready to work with his erstwhile colleagues within council.
Last month, Mukunguma, who is linked to the Thokozani Khupe led MDC-T was defeated by Councillor Jacob Mafume for the mayoral seat after he had made spirited efforts to land the position of Harare Mayor.
Mafume landed the mayoral seat after he amassed 19 votes against Mukunguma’s 14 votes.
This week Mukunguma won the Deputy Mayor position unopposed after Councillor Martin Matinyanya who had nominated himself failed to get a seconder.
The Deputy Mayor’s position fell vacant following the recall of Councillor Enock Mupamawonde.
Friction Feared Between Councilors
Doubts however remain over the possibility of a smooth working relationship between Mukunguma and Mafume as well as other councillors who have chosen to remain loyal to the MDC Alliance in the face of the recalls by the Khupe led MDC-T.
Mukunguma however maintains that his vision is to work towards effective service delivery and this, he believes, needs concerted efforts from all councillors at Harare City Council.
“I don’t have difficulties in engaging.
“However, for those who think otherwise, its all up to them. We have a city to serve and we have to do justice to it,” said Mukunguma.
Mukunguma subscribes to the fact that engagement is critical for development at the local as well as the national level.
He however said that councillors who have been recalled from the Harare City Council were being problematic but pledged they will be dealt with.
“We can’t engage at national level whilst we can’t engage amongst ourselves.
We have a bit of a problem with those that are no longer with council but we will stop them soon,” said Mukunguma.