Back to Index
This article participates on the following special index pages:
Truth, justice, reconciliation and national healing - Index of articles
More interactive activities can ease political tension amongst us:
Gokwe Nembudziya community tells Heal Zimbabwe
May 10, 2012
People in Gokwe Nembudziya believe that if Government and Civil,
Society organizations continue to come up with platforms that bring
people of different political ideologies and affiliation together,
there might be less cases of violence in the next election. " . . . This
will make us unite against any outsider who may want to come and
instruct us to beat or maim each other for their political gain . . . ''
this was said by people who came together and worked the whole day
picking the golden lint at four different fields under the Heal
Zimbabwe Trust Kugara Hunzwanana project activities held on 06 May
2012 in Mtora, Copper Queen and Tsungai areas under Headman Nembudziya
in Gokwe. The area is under Paramount Chief Chireya. Four farmers
benefited from the activity.
The main field
work was cotton picking, the area is a well known cotton growing
and villagers from the surroundings of Copper Queens farms, Mtora
business centre as well as villages around Tsungai business centre
converged at four separate fields to help with the cotton picking
process. Tsungai business centre recorded the highest number of
deaths related to political
violence in 2008. The Kugara Hunzwanana Nhimbe concept identifies
those with a good harvest but facing challenges to harvest their
produce alone. The platform gave people from different political
persuasions around Mtora Business centre a platform to discuss issues
affecting their communities and how can they foster a culture
of peace and tolerance. The platform also created an opportunity
for some people to closely interact for the first time in more than
a year due to political tension.
including Mtora ward 7 Clr Mudzori spoke to fellow villagers during
lunch breaks and encouraged them to revive their co-existence that
prevailed before the political violence in 2008.They all thanked
HZT for rekindling the nhimbe/humwe concept which had died down
due to individualism and polarization amongst communities. They
all concurred that traditional mechanisms like these bring people
together because of the richness of our culture as a people embedded
on the Ubuntu/Unhu concept of the Zimbabwean community.
took the opportunity to reiterate its commitment to complimenting
the Government to realize the objectives of article 7 of GPA
in an apolitical manner. The platform was also used to gather input
from the people in the area on other activities that can improve
peaceful co existence and tolerance and lay a firm foundation for
rebuilding communities through peace building and national healing.
Major interventions that came up were from women who thought that
community gardens can create a platform for continued interaction
which cut across political party based segregation. Sport was also
pointed out as one way of bringing a polarized community together.
will continue to work with the Gokwe Nembudziya community and other
communities to foster a culture of peace and tolerance based on
traditional and cultural values.
Visit the Heal
Please credit www.kubatana.net if you make use of material from this website.
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License unless stated otherwise.