By Lindsay Chiswe
Harare City Junior Council elected a new executive committee for the 2017- 2018 Office Bearers on Friday the 4th of August 2017 at Town House.
Elton Phiri is now the new Junior Mayor Elect heading an executive committee made up of Masimba Dihwa as Deputy Mayor, Tinotenda Chimbindi as Town Clerk, Tanaka Marange as Chamber Secretary, Panashe Madamambo as Junior City Treasure, Tatian Kondo as Public Relations Officer, Ruvarashe Kadzvit as Project Coordinator and Amanda Manyarara as Chief of Committees Clerk.
The elections were done in the presence of 54 prospective Junior Councilors. For the three top posts Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Town Clerk, each Prospective Councilor was supposed gave a three minute speech on their capabilities to be best suited for the post, the problems they will address once they assume office, what areas they are going to focus on amongst other issues. In turn they were then asked questions with their fellow prospective councilors, present, outgoing junior councilors and Aldermen.
The elections come after the Prospective Junior Councilors had gone for their annual leadership camp in Marondera Karimazonde campsite from the 26th to the 30th of July 2017. They were mentored in various areas which include leadership skills, advocacy, team work, communication amongst other areas.
The newly elected executive will be sworn in together with other Prospective Junior Councilors early this September at Harare Town House.
The elections were characterized by mixed emotions, with some crying after losing the elections and some feeling excited at the opportunity awarded to them.
‘It is a greatest honour to me and my school to be elected Junior Mayor I’m so happy and this is the first time in my life to have such an experience,’ said Elton Phiri the Junior Mayor Elect.
Elton Phiri’s manifesto into office is to make sure that every Councillor gets the opportunity to explore their abilities and execute them accordingly.
“It is our privilege in our term of office to have the special interest councilors, this is one of my objectives to make sure they are on the forefront of everything we do”, he said.
2017- 2018 HARARE JUNIOR COUNCIL EXECUTIVE
Mayor Elton Phiri – Allan Wilson Boys High
Deputy Mayor – Masimba Dhiwa -Gateway High School
Town Clerk – Tinotenda Chimbindi – Lord Malvern High School
Chamber Secretary – Tanaka Marange –Dominican Convent High School
Junior City Treasure – Panashe Madamambo – St Georges College
Public Relations Officer – Tatian Kondo- Oriel Girls High
Project Coordinator – Ruvarashe Kadzviti- Hatfield Girls High
Chief Committees Clerk – Amanda Manyarara – St Johns Emerald Hill.