Nyathi to be Bulawayo mayor

The MDC-T yesterday nominated National University of Science and Technology lecturer Mandla Nyathi Bulawayo mayor, while Ward 3 councillor Martin Moyo was selected to be his deputy.

Nduduzo Tshuma, Staff Reporter

The decision was made at a Bulawayo provincial meeting that was attended by party leader Morgan Tsvangirai, his deputy Thokozani Khupe, national organising secretary Nelson Chamisa and his deputy Abednico Bhebhe.

MDC-T Bulawayo provincial spokesperson Mandla Sibanda confirmed the developments, saying Nyathi was nominated in a democratic exercise.

“The decision was unanimous,” he said.

“The national executive received a list of names of people interested in taking the post of mayor and embarked on a selection process.

“The process was conducted in a democratic manner and involved discussions with the candidates on how they would run the city if they landed the post.”

The news comes as a big blow for lawyer Kucaca Phulu who for a long while had been the frontrunner for the post.

Newly-elected councillors are expected to vote for a mayor when council has its first sitting.

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