Unclear roles and responsibilities in Zimbabwean rural governance Legislation and the associated conflict potential

kufakwababa, collen zvandasara (2014) Unclear roles and responsibilities in Zimbabwean rural governance Legislation and the associated conflict potential. Working Paper. UNSPECIFIED, Harare. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This paper critically examines issues concerning the overlaps in the rural local governance legislation (the Traditional Leadership and the Rural District Councils Act) which have led to or catalyzed the conflicts between the traditional leaders and the elected councillors in rural areas. The paper brings out that the current existing legislative framework which puts both traditional leaders and councillors as agents for local governance creates space for conflicts to occur. This may be due to the dual system of governance existing in Zimbabwe’s rural districts. The paper further suggests the revision of these laws so that they complement each other and thus reduce these conflicts. This paper also advocates for the training and capacity building of the traditional leadership and councillors on their role in community leadership and development .It further suggests that creating space for dialogue between the key actors in the rural local governance system could help in clarifying the overlaps within the system and help in finding a way to make the two institutions mutually agree to work together.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Subjects: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Divisions: Research Units > Research Stations
Depositing User: Mr Collen Zvandasara Kufakwababa
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2014 10:24
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2014 10:24
URI: http://researchdatabase.ac.zw/id/eprint/436

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