The Institution of Traditional Leadership and Local Governance in Zimbabwe

The Institution of Traditional Leadership and Local Governance in Zimbabwe

Jeffrey Kurebwa (Peace and Governance, Bindura University of Science Education, Bindura, Zimbabwe)
Copyright: © 2018 |Pages: 22
DOI: 10.4018/IJCESC.2018010101

Abstract

This article describes how traditional leaders play important developmental, administrative and political roles in rural areas, despite modern state structures. They regulate rural life, control access to land, and settle various disputes. They are respected leaders in their communities. The existence of traditional leaders means that both the decentralisation and the strengthening of local governance are not taking place in a vacuum. Documentary sources such as the Constitution of Zimbabwe; the Traditional Leaders Act (2000) and Chiefs and Headmen Act (1982); newspapers and unpublished non-governmental organisations (NGOs) evaluations and reports were used in this article. Traditional leaders have played a pivotal role in ensuring that the ZANU-PF government remains in power since 1980. In principle, traditional leaders should not be drawn into party politics and their role should remain one of the neutral leadership. If the traditional leader assumes a party-political role, one should appoint a substitute to handle their traditional role to avoid a conflict of interest.
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