Newly elected mayor of the City of Francistown Sylvia Muzila last week pledged that her administration will move to vigorously tackle socio-economic issues affecting the city.
Muzila said this after she ascended to the mayoral position without any opposition.
With the ruling Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) now controlling Francistown with 20 councilors, including the five specially nominated ones, it was always going to be unworkable for the opposition councilors to come up with a nomination.
In the current council, opposition has got a representation of six councilors only. Both the Botswana Congress Party (BCP) and the opposition pact of the Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) contributed three councilors each.
Muzila wants her party to pay back the trust invested in them. She lamented the many challenges that the city faces.
Muzila said there is need for all councilors – opposition and ruling party ones – to work hand in glove with her office in tackling the socio-economic issues currently bedeviling Francistown and its peripheries.
“The City of Francistown has got many challenges that need all of us, especially the councilors to provide the leadership,” said Muzila, adding that the onus is on councilors to serve as torchbearers of the economic strategy set by their predecessors.
She said councilors must do everything within their power to improve the development of Francistown such the country’s second city can be a centre of excellence, a vibrant city and attract investors.
“We need investors in Francistown in order to precisely deal with issues of unemployment and abject poverty visible in the city,” Muzila said. She added that abject poverty can be a thing of the past provided councilors are willing to work together for the good cause of improving the city.
For his part, the City of Francistown Town Clerk Israel Lebuile urged councilors to refrain from the habit of grumbling over issues that cannot take the city to the other level. He said councilors should concentrate on pertinent issues affecting the city.