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Community News Bulletin - Issue 5
for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ)
April 29, 2012
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Chiefs, Headman blasted
around the country have lamented the selfishness of traditional
leaders who recently demanded hefty allowances, guns, vehicles,
boreholes and control of Constituency Development Fund (CDF).
an official with Centre for Community Development in Zimbabwe (CCDZ)
said communities recently visited so far - Mashonaland West, East
and Central, Midlands and Masvingo - felt that the chiefs'
demands were too personal.
CCDZ community meetings held on local government and service delivery,
attended by an average of 100 people per meeting, participants felt
the chiefs were not doing anything spectacular that warrants those
hefty allowances," said Pasirayi.
participant at Murereshi Village in Magunje said the chiefs only
desired material things while on the ground they were doing a shadowy
in Chiweshe's Gweshe area lambasted the move as well, saying
that a good chief is protected by his own people and that they can
only fight him in the event he was not serving the people well.
questioning the reasons why there is a feeling that chiefs were
performing below standard, it came out that most of them have since
become enemies of their own people, particularly those who do not
support Zanu PF," said the CCDZ official.
A young woman
in Doro Village, under Chief Dendera said: "We always get
threats that we will be displaced from this area for supporting
MDC and we are excluded from some provisions distributed by the
the majority of participants also complained about the bungling
by minister of Local Government, Ignatius Chombo in community related
was mainly raised in Murehwa where the minister is said to have
told citizens that chiefs had the right to do whatever they deemed
necessary in the communities since they were the custodians,"
in Chirumhanzi South, Chief Nhema was urged to displace Tendekai
Mugova and a youth who had exchanged harsh words with the chief
at a beer hall.
heads have also been painted with the same brush with communities
accusing them of being partisan. An alarming revelation by communities
in Chivi was the fact that almost all village heads supported Zanu
PF," said Pasirayi.
He said a village
head that was in attendance at a Chivi community meeting hastened
to defend that position arguing that they were intimidated into
Said the headman:
"We are forced to act as such (being partisan) because failure
to do so risked either being removed from your position or being
it became apparent from the meetings that the headmen were actually
involved in mobilising people for political meetings.
They were blamed
for giving updates of what was prevailing politically in their respective
communities to the Zanu PF leadership.
their discrimination at the hands of chiefs.
Nyakunhuhwa whose chieftainship is in Zaka was mentioned, having
said that the role of women was just to assist men as they instructed
them," said the CCDZ official.
officer George Makoni said they assured the villagers that their
concerns about partisan traditional leaders would be raised at government
to assure them that we will raise their concerns with the inclusive
government. Traditional leaders are not supposed to behave as political
commissars of political parties," said Makoni.
added that in some areas CCDZ was working with progressive chiefs
who were sticking to their role as custodians of culture and not
mixing that with politics in violation of Article 14 of the Global
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