GWERU – Former Gweru Mayor Dr Josiah Makombe has expressed his desire to contest the Gweru Urban constituency in the 2023 elections.
The declaration by Makombe who is also the current Citizens Coalition for Change midlands Province Chairperson comes as a direct challenge to lawyer Brian Dube who is the current Gweru Urban legislator.
Expressing his interest in the top sit during a CCC consultative meeting, Makombe urged people to keep him in mind as he said the party aims to take a citizen-based approach in candidate selection.
“We are currently doing candidate profiling because we want our selection to be citizens based. When the party (CCC) asks you who you want to be your representative in parliament, you should remember me,” he said.
Makombe had no kind words for Dube and Gweru Mayor Hamutendi Kombayi saying they had abandoned the people by allying with Douglas Mwonzora.
Further expressing displeasure in Kombayi’s administrative technique, Makombe said the incumbent Mayor is moving controversial motions in council which do not serve the interest of residents.
No contender has expressed interest within the CCC as yet to contest for the parliamentary seat though internal party sources have it that former Gweru deputy Mayor Taurai Demo is weighing his chances.
Five others Musline Murevachimwe, Ronnie Kanyama, Robson Mugwagwa, Sydney Hove, David Mashingaidze and First Clepaton Chundu have also expressed interest in representing their party in the 2023 local government elections for Ward 1 councillor.
The former Gweru Mayor, Makombe was recently re-elected and retained his position as Ward 2 councillor after he had been recalled from the Mwonzora-led MDC for his loyalty to CCC leader Nelson Chamisa.