Traditional leaders moves in to resolve conflict

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BY JAIROS SAUNYAMA

Traditional leaders in Wedza district converged at the weekend and vowed to unite in promoting peace in their communities.

The leaders, who included chiefs, headmen and village heads, underwent a capacity-building workshop on peace and conflict resolution, a move that will see peace messages being cascaded to the grassroots.

The traditional leaders vowed to uphold peace in their jurisdictions as well as identify areas of conflict that need to be attended to.

The gathering was in line with the current nationwide training being conducted by the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission for peace committees and enumerators who will aid the commission in gathering information during hearings.

Speaking after the workshop, Wedza Residents Development Initiative Trust director George Makoni said the project was meant to bring tolerance among rural folks.

“The project seeks to identify conflict areas in Wedza district, their root causes, attempts to mitigate them as initiated by communities. It also emphasises on the diversity of citizenry as influenced by background, beliefs, culture, origin and ethnicity.

“Against this background, conflict is inherent, hence the need for tolerance. The project underlines peace as a critical ingredient for development and, therefore, it must be embraced against all odds,” Makoni said.

Former Cabinet minister and Zanu PF stalwart Aeneas Chigwedere, who is the substantial headman Mubaiwa in the Chigwedere area in Wedza, was at the workshop attended by over 40 traditional leaders and government officials.