The party’s National Executive finally settled for Obert Gutu for the Harare Metropolitan Province mayoral post. Before this appointment, Gutu who is currently a member of the MDC national council and the secretary for information and publicity for Harare province has been a member of the MDC since 2000. From February 2000 to June 2005 he was the organising secretary of the Harare North District.
In 2008 harmonised election Obert Gutu was elected to be the Senator for Chisipite in Harare in the upper house where he was the MDC chief whip, chairperson of the Parliamentary Legal Committee and member of the parliament of Zimbabwe’s standing Rules and Orders Committee.
In June 24, 2010 following the formation of the Government of National Unity, Gutu was sworn in as the new Deputy Minister of justice and Legal affairs of Zimbabwe.
Before joining politics Gutu was employed as a public prosecutor by the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in 1985. In 1996 he rose to become Assistant Magistrate and later formed his own law firm-Gutu and Associates in 1990 where he is a senior partner.
Besides his full time occupation Gutu has successfully worked with the World Bank on a project “Doing Business” and has contributed to the publishing of the book with the same title, which is a co-publication of the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation and Oxford University Press.
Obert Gutu holds a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and has recently completed a Master of Philosophy with the same university.
With the maximum support of the people of Harare, Gutu’s qualifications and experience will certainly come in handy in turning around the fortunes of the Sunshine City.