Luanshya has new mayor

New LUANSHYA mayor Gordon Siwale
New LUANSHYA mayor Gordon Siwale

The Luanshya Municipal Council has elected a new mayor and deputy mayor.

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The new Mayor is Councillor Gordon Siwale with Elizabeth Chanda Chibesa as his deputy.

Mr Siwale, who is Ndeke ward Councillor, replaces Mr Nathan Chanda while Ms Elizabeth Chibesa of Kawama ward replaces Joel Ng’uni, whose two and half year-term came to an end April 1st.

ZANIS in Luanshya reports that both the mayor and deputy mayor were elected unopposed.

Speaking soon after the election, Mr Siwale pledged determination in advancing the ongoing transformation of Luanshya town to a higher level using an all inclusive development process where all stakeholders’ participation takes centre stage.

The mayor elect said he was humbled by the gesture, assuring the council management and his fellow councillors that he was going to continue from where his predecessor left.

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Mr Siwale thanked the Patriotic Front (PF) in Luanshya and his fellow councillors for the support shown which has helped in his election.

He noted that his main focus was to foster development as the people of Luanshya were yearning for both economic and infrastructural development.

Mr Siwale said as a means of adding value to development, the council has embarked on the acquisition of a range of equipment which will be made easily accessible to the people for development projects.

And the deputy mayor-elect pledged loyalty to the people of Luanshya, the PF and the council for the confidence shown in her, saying she was going to reciprocate their support through diligent execution of her duties.

Ms Chibesa said as a woman, she was going to ensure that the ongoing gender mainstreaming at the council was upheld by seeing to it that all women activities undertaken by the council in the district were enhanced.

She also pledged to enhance gender equality between men and women not only within the local authority but also in the district as a whole to attain a gender balance by 2015.

The election of Councillor Siwale, who is from Luanshya Central Constituency and Councillor Chibesa of Roan Constituency was attended by all councillors representing the 28 wards in the district, Roan Member of Parliament, Chishimba Kambwili, his counterpart, Stephen Chungu of Luanshya Central Constituency and the council management led by Luanshya town clerk, Alex Mwansa.

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