–Chaisa Ward 20 Councillor George Nyendwa has been elected as new Mayor of Lusaka, replacing Mulenga Sata who has been appointed Deputy Minister at State House.
Mr. Nyendwa went unopposed in the elections held today at the Lusaka City Council (LCC).
Lusaka Town Clerk Alex Mwansa declared Mr. Nyendwa as the duly elected Mayor of the City of Lusaka.
"I only received one valid vote and l therefore declare Councillor Nyendwa duly elected mayor of Lusaka," Mr. Mwansa said.
Councillors in the LCC elected Mr. Nyendwa during a full council meeting. The Mayor is elected from amongst the civic leaders.
And Mr. Nyendwa has pledged to work hard and to improve the welfare of the council workers and also the revenue base of the local authority.
Mr. Nyendwa told other civic leaders that time there was no time to relax but to work hard in order to continue with the legacy of former Mayor Mulenga Sata.
He further pledged to end the violence by suspected PF cadres in markets and bus stations.
On street vending, the new Mayor disclosed that the local authority has embarked on the construction of the Simon Mwewa lane along the Freedom way in order to accommodate over 5,000 vendors and remove them from selling along the Cha-Cha-Cha and Cairo roads.
He said it was the intention of the LCC to improve and address the plight of the street vendors operating in the city.
On drainages and late payment of salaries and terminal benefits to workers and former council employees, Mr. Nyendwa said he would engage all the stakeholders to address the issues which have been thorny in
the local authority.
And Mr. Sata, who is Kabulonga Ward 16 Councillor, disclosed that the local authority was pondering conferring Mr. Nyendwa with the status of alderman of Lusaka City because of his vast experience in civic
Mr. Sata, who is now State House Deputy Minister, commended the new Mayor and pledged to support him totally.
And Deputy Mayor Potipher Tembo, who was until yesterday the acting Mayor, also pledged loyalty to Mr. Nyendwa.
Mr. Tembo disclosed that he could not contest the mayoral election because he was indebted to Mr. Nyendwa’s contribution and wished him well in his new portfolio.
The mayor polls were witnessed by Lusaka Province Local Government Officer Kambinga Nondo, former Lusaka Mayor Daniel Chisenga and senior government officials.