Report on the Capture of Zimbabwean Traditional Leaders for Political Expediency


There is a growing trend unfolding in which Zimbabwean traditional leaders are being recruited into politics and furthering the interests of certain political parties.

More to the point, traditional leaders have largely been perceived as being part and parcel of political campaigns, and in many cases they have acted in a partisan manner, to appease their newfound political bosses.

This behavior is deemed to be against Section 281 (2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe which states that traditional leaders must not:

  • Be members of any political party or in any way participate in partisan politics;
  • Act in a partisan manner;
  • Further interests of any political party or cause;
  • Violate the fundamental rights and freedoms of any person;

To this end, the Constitution, as the supreme law of the land, sets out standards that all traditional leaders must follow, taking into account the fact that any law, practice, custom or conduct inconsistent with it is invalid.

This report has been compiled in the wake of increased concerns that traditional leaders have been roped-in to further the interests of certain political parties in Zimbabwe ahead of the 2018 General elections.

Source: Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa

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