The Role of Traditional Leadership in Conflict Resolution and Peace Building in Zimbabwean Rural Communities: The Case of Bikita District

Tinashe Rukuni, Zadzisai Machingambi, Maxwell C.C. Musingafi, Kwaedza E. Kaseke


The main thrust of this investigation was to explore the roles played by the traditional leadership in conflict resolution and peace building in the rural communities in Zimbabwe. The study investigated the gaps in the execution of the traditional duties of traditional leaders in conflict resolution in their communities. The study used the qualitative research design in its quest to get answers to the raised questions. The research found out that generally people in rural communities acknowledge the important roles played by traditional leaders in conflict resolution. It was also established that some traditional leaders are biased in the execution of their mandated duties, especially when dealing with political parties issues.

Keywords: Peace building, Traditional leadership, Conflict resolution, Settlement, Rural community.

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