Harare mayor calling it quits…. bemoans “political leg-irons”

Harare Mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni will not seek re-election at the end of his current term and says his council failed to achieve their objectives because of political interference.

Harare Mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni will not seek re-election at the end of his current term
Harare Mayor Councillor Bernard Manyenyeni will not seek re-election at the end of his current term

“Our failure to move because of political leg-irons must be separated from aspects of management, lethargy, capacity, competence and conflict.

“Revenues must improve and sound financial management must be key. 

“The quality and performance of the resident and ratepayer must improve. I will always be grateful for this opportunity to serve my city at its weakest.

“Thank you all for the support so far. I promise to keep my heart in the right place for the remainder of my tour of duty. It is exactly four years today and less than ten months is left. I arrived at Town House buoyed by a spiritual appointment and political deployment.”

Manyenyeni said being not directly involved in the 2018 elections would give him the freedom to maintain his focus on business. He said the problems bedevilling Harare required a “doer-mayor” not a chairman of the board.

“There is enough pressure to sustain attacks on things that are wrong. I do have enough energy for this. Not being personally involved in the 2018 elections gives me freedom to maintain focus where I am not tethered,” he said.

“My call to be succeeded by an executive mayor must get louder. This is not about me. I will be out. I am very encouraged by the quality of aspiring mayors for our city. From the four names that I am aware of, Harare will have a good mayor come 2018.”

“In electing councillors for 2018, let us be driven by what is wanted in the job, not by who wants the ‘job’. It is not a job, it is a service,” he said.

Manyenyeni was elected mayor for Harare in 2013.