Former Minister David Coltart Takes Bulawayo by Storm as the Newly Elected Mayor
Former Minister of Education, Councillor David Coltart, has emerged as the newly elected Mayor of Bulawayo, accompanied by Councillor Donaldson Mabutho as his deputy. The council chambers provided the backdrop for this pivotal election, which unfolded amidst allegations of defiance against party directives.
Party Spokesperson Sets the Record Straight
In response to the murmurs of discontent, CCC national spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi clarified the party’s position.
Mkwananzi reiterated that the party had clearly outlined guidelines for the mayoral and deputy mayoral positions in Bulawayo. He emphasized the importance of adhering to these guidelines and cautioned against entertaining any rumors.
“As a party, we work with clear guidelines. Bulawayo has been advised accordingly on who will be mayor, and that is David Coltart. He was even endorsed at a rally in the city. As for deputy mayor, the councillors there have been told who has been chosen by the party. Any other rumor will not be entertained. The party members are expected to act according to the guidelines of the party,” Mkwananzi stated firmly.
Coltart’s Contributions as Minister of Education
During his tenure as Minister of Education, David Coltart resolved teacher strikes, reopening schools in 2009. Despite salary discrepancies, he sought to improve compensation and secured UNICEF funding for textbooks. Additionally, Coltart led a comprehensive curriculum review, aiming to establish Academies of Excellence with scholarships for underprivileged students in each province.
Sports Minister Role and Zimbabwe’s Cricket Resurgence
Coltart as Sports Minister, played a vital role in Zimbabwe’s Test cricket comeback in 2011 after a six-year hiatus. He also oversaw the renovation of Bulawayo’s Khumalo Hockey Stadium, making it suitable for the African Olympic Hockey Qualifiers, a stepping stone to the 2012 Olympics.
David Coltart’s political experience and track record of accomplishments are expected to shape the future of Bulawayo. Alongside Deputy Mayor Donaldson Mabutho, their collaboration promises to bring renewed energy and progress to the city.