Tsikamutandas, potential conflict drivers in communities

The infamous witch hunters popularly known as ‘Tsikamutanda’, have taken temporary residence in Umzingwane ward 9 where they are giving villagers ‘value for their livestock’, through their religious antics. Known for their witch hunting exploits, Tsikamutandas employ mysterious spirituals tactics to capture goblins and exorcise people who are said to be involved in activities related…

Habakkuk Trust to hold policy dialogue meeting on access to birth certificates

Habakkuk Trust has organized a policy dialogue meeting to enable the community to engage and interact with key stakeholders on civil documentation which include access to birth and death certificates as well as national identity cards in Matobo District. Access to birth certificates is one of the major issues of concern identified by most Habakkuk…

Umzingwane Ward 5 creates village environmental sub-committees

Over the years, communities have lamented lack of benefit from natural resources extracted in their areas. These communities have often demanded a certain percentage of the revenue collected from their resources to be set aside for community development as they continue to grapple with physical and socio-economic problems that can be addressed if the resources…

Habakkuk Trust to hold policy dialogue meeting on access to birth certificates

Habakkuk Trust has organized a policy dialogue meeting to enable the community to engage and interact with key stakeholders on civil documentation which include access to birth and death certificates as well as national identity cards in Matobo District. Access to birth certificates is one of the major issues of concern identified by most Habakkuk…

Gwanda District Registrar meets community over civil documentation

Gwanda District Registrar Mr. George Dumani, upon invitation by the Habakkuk Trust Action Team for Gwanda Ward 13, recently visited the community and addressed community members on the importance of civil documentation and how to they can be obtained. The Action Team, which is advocating on access to birth certificates conducted a research where they…

Community engages mobile operators to improve access to mobile networks

Umzingwane Ward 9 community engaged the leading mobile network operators, Econet Zimbabwe, Telecel Zimbabwe and Netone, over inaccessibility of mobile networks in the bulk of their Ward. The community, through the Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy Action Team, presented a position paper to the mobile operators explaining how inaccessibility of the networks has stifled development in…

Political polarization affecting development in Umzingwane District

The political differences among community members has reportedly adversely affected development initiatives in Umzingwane District Ward 9 thereby stalling some of the projects which could by now be benefiting  villagers. In 2002, the community initiated a Cultural village to display their unique cultural lifestyles, their artifacts, tourists’ attractions as well as document their diverse cultural practices. The…

Six Action Teams transformed into community based organizations

Habakkuk Trust has handed over legal documents to 6 of its Community Advocacy Action Teams which were recently transformed into Community Based Organizations after displaying sterling advocacy work over the years. These Action Teams, trained on advocacy, human rights, good governance and development between 2008 and 2013, have shown great determination in creating sustainable solutions…

Human rights commission urged to have mobile clinics

The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) has been urged to set up mobile human rights awareness clinics to increase access to human rights related information and reporting of human rights violations in remote areas. The Commission currently has two regional offices, one in Harare and the other in Bulawayo. Speaking at a human rights awareness…

Traditional leaders forced to mobilize villagers for political events

Traditional leaders in Gwanda Ward 4 have expressed concerns over political parties who come into their area and force them to mobilize people for political events. Speaking at a training workshop last week, traditional leaders said over the years some political parties have been asking them to mobilize people for political events and they would…

Sigangatsha community clinic gathers momentum

Year 2016 has been a milestone for Sigangatsha community in Matobo Ward 6, amid revelations Matobo Rural District Council finally pegged a stand for the long-awaited community clinic. The idea of a clinic was first proposed over three decades ago and almost every year, it has been a priority in the Ward development plan but…

Tempers flare over Park extension

Disgruntled Matobo Ward 16 community members are demanding back their land which was allegedly taken from them during the colonial rule when Matobo National Park boundary was extended. The community indicated that the conflict that exists between them and the Park authorities was a result of the extension of the Park in the 1960s to…