Zimbabwe Development Democracy Trust (ZDDT)’s field correspondent, Mandla Tshuma (MT), met with Ward 2 Councillor, Sithabile Mataka-Moyo (SM),on her way to the first Full Council Meeting of 2018, outside the Bulawayo City Hall, and had a brief chat with her. Below are excerpts of the conversation.
MT: Good day Councillor Mataka-Moyo.
SM: Good day my son; how are you?
MT: I am fine. What are your prospects for the New Year, 2018?
SM: This is a good year although it is likely to be a drought year on top of the cash crisis.
MT: What would you like to say to Ward 2 residents whom you represent in Council? What are you promising them in this New Year?
SM: To begin with, we organised a Christmas party for Ward 2 residents in December late last year. That was a big event for them, I must say. However, we are saying let’s remain united like we have always been. Let’s not allow 2018 to divide us.
MT: Where was the Christmas party held?
SM: It was held at Charles Ushe’s place in Aisleby Farm. It was very good; there were so many people.
MT: Looking at working for the people, now that the elections will be held this year, would you want to stand again? Would you want people to retain you?
SM:I have been working for the people from the bottom of my heart.Yes people might want to retain me in the next elections, as they have already said but I do not want to be like Mugabe in clinging to power. I am not coming back in the next Council in 2018. I want to give the younger generation a chance. I wouldn’t want to be pushed into doing something. I want to do what I want myself because sometimes if you allow yourself to be pushed by people to do certain things, you end up messing up.
MT: How many terms have you served as a councillor, by the way?
SM:This is my first term.
MT: Wow, so you don’t want to stand again?
SM: The other thing that makes me not want to contest the upcoming polls is my health. I am always down because of diabetes. I cannot even see properly because of diabetes. I have said I better attend to my life and health first. My children still love me.
MT: Thank you so much councillor, have a good 2018.
SM: Thank you so much my son; same to you.