Honiara City Council (HCC) has a new mayor who was elected yesterday morning (Monday).
He is former mayor Andrew Mua of Ngossi ward, who will lead the council for the next 18 months.
The election held at the Honiara City Council chambers yesterday after the resignation of former mayor, Alfrence Fatai, was witnessed by 18 councillors which included the eleven elected councillors of HCC, Parliament Member for East Honiara, Parliament Member for Central Honiara, Premier of Guadalcanal Province and four appointed councillors.
Councillor for Panatina ward has passed away early this year and the MP for West Honiara, Namson Tran was absent from voting.
Mua has polled 10 votes while his opponent Edward Ngava councillor for Mbumburu ward polled eight votes after second round of voting.
In the first round of voting, both candidates tied nine all.
Speaking after his victory, Mua thanked the MPs, Guadalcanal Premier and councilors for entrusting him to lead the council in the next 18 months and so.
Mua said the chair of the mayor is a ceremonial post and they are the working instruments of the people.
“The people of Honiara requires nothing more from us, but service delivery.
“Our role as agent of the government is to deliver the services for our good people of Honiara,” he said.
Mua said they are not a profitable making organization but a service delivery organization and agent of the government.
Furthermore, Mua said he pledged to work with everybody especially Guadalcanal province to address issues that affect their boundaries and other issues Guadalcanal province face with them.
“We here in Honiara is a not an island of itself.
“But we are hosted by Guadalcanal province,” he added.
Mua said they have to respect the welfare of the host.
He said the national government also sits on Honiara, and gateway to Solomon Islands.
“It is our responsibilities to make Honiara is an attractive place that people are willing to come and visit the country to help the economy.
“We have to work very hard. It doesn’t mean you are duly elected as mayor, that you have the time to relax, but its time to work,” he said.
Mua said his leadership will be transparent and accountable.
“The first and foremost is to make sure the audit report of the council is properly audited and proper financial report is made available to only to councilors, but all members and public at large.
“This is very important so they know where we are heading to,” he said.
Mua said they will re-visit the 2014 corporate plan and work plan.
“Where I left, I failed to make sure there are two clinics at Kaibia and one at Panatina.
“This is to make sure our citizens are healthy,” he said.
Mr Ngava humbly accepted the outcome of the election.
He said the councilors have spoken and they have to move on.
Source: Solomon Star/Solomon Today Post