reetings to all our valued readers and 

May I take this opportunity to wish 

you a prosperous  New Year. In this edition 

we were highlighting the views of grassroots 

communities on various developmental 

issues and decision making processes. 

Habakkuk Trust values grassroots work 

and this is reflected in the content of our 

publication. We firmly believe in making 

an impact at a local level since this is the 

strata that people interact with at a daily 

level. Our publication extols the virtues of 

our gallant Community Advocacy Action 

Team and Core Team members who have 

spearheaded community activism and 

triggered developmental processes under 

very difficult conditions. I wish you, our 

valued readers all the best in the coming 




y name is Maria Mawisha from 

Matikiti village in Bubi Ward 12. As 

the Habakkuk Trust Community 

Advocacy Action Team, we went around all 

villages giving community members feedback 

on what we had learnt during the two-day Local 

Level Advocacy Programme training workshop 

we attended in October. We asked people who 

attended the feedback meetings if they had toilets 

in their households, over 20 people said they did 

not have.  We took down their names and asked 

them to be digging toilet pits and once they are 

done they should inform us. Twelve of them came 

back to us after they had finished digging the pits, 

We then told them to mould bricks for the toilets 

and once they are ready they should inform us 



Voice of the community

We encouraged them to build their toilets 

because we should all be responsible for our own 

hygiene. They thought there was a donor that was 

coming to build toilets for them but when they 

realised that they were going to do it themselves, 

they were not happy about it but there was no going 

back. We advised them to buy at least two bags of 

cement and kick off the building process. Some 

told us they can’t afford cement which is about $15 

a bag. We then further advised them to sell either 

chickens or a goat in order to raise the money to buy 

the cement. Development starts in the mind. That is  

what Habakkuk Trust always emphasises that 

we keep in mind. Community members keep  

domestic animals, but they prefer to suffer, 

live in abject poverty yet they can sell those 

animals to improve their livelihoods and living 


Currently, there are ten people in my village that 

have completed their toilets and the others are still 

in the process of building one. Our wish is that by 

mid 2016, every household in our Ward should 

be having proper sanitation. We have realised that 

people can afford to do some things on their own 

without being handed donations, but because 

of lack of knowledge, apathy and a dependency 

syndrome most people fail to uplift their living 




Issue No. 1, 2016

Influencing biblical transformation of communities through advocacy, research, information dissemination and capacity building


Bubi Ward12 Action Team Organising Secretary Mrs Maria Mawisha



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by Information Department


illagers in Nkayi Ward 22 have impressed the local 

authority after they started paying household 

development levies, in the process, collecting the highest 

amount compared to other Wards in the District.

Lack of knowledge and growing apathy were some 

of the reasons cited as to why most people in this Ward 

and the entire District at large failed to pay levies which 

currently stand at $3 per household a year.

Nkayi Ward 22, was trained by Habakkuk Trust on 

human rights, budgetry, advocacy and particiation in 

economic processes. 

Ward 22, which has been known for collecting annual 

levies ranging from $150 to around $450 has made history 

after it became the best Ward in revenue collection this 

year. The community now has the moral ground to 

exercise their rights and make a follow up on how their 

money is being used to develop the community.

According to the local authority’s income statement on 

household development levy for January to October 2015, 

the Ward collected $1 817 which is almost five times more 

than the amount collected last year in 2014. 

A remarkable improvement has also been recorded in 

Ward 26 which became fifth after collecting a total of $1 

144  compared to about $150 collected during the same 

period in 2014. 

In an interview conducted at the sidelines of a policy 

dialogue meeting in Nkayi recently, Nkayi Rural District 

Council Chairperson Mr. Sicelo Mpofu, who was visibly 

impressed by this improvement said Ward 22 had never 

exceeded $500 in household levies collection for a very 

long time. 

“This has never happened before, this shows the great 

work Habakkuk Trust is doing in the communities through 

the Community Advocacy Action Teams,” He said. 

Mpofu said much of the money was collected between 

the months of August and October hence attributing this 

to the capacity building and advocacy work Habakkuk 

Trust has been doing in the area during the same period 

of time. He requested the organisation to conduct capacity 

building trainings in more Wards, if not all Wards so that 

the whole district realise development.  

Ward 22 Action Team Secretary Mrs Sibongile Tshuma 

said after the advocacy training they received in July, the 

Action Team went around the community encouraging 

village heads to encourage the people to pay development 


“We did not care much about paying household 

levies but after capacity building trainings, we knew 

how important it is to pay these levies so we shared the 

information with others,” she said. “When we were doing 

researches on our issues, we also urged village heads to 

encourage their people to pay levies.”

She said the Action Team was happy that their advocacy 

efforts were finally bearing fruits. 



Nkayi Ward 22 Action Team 


ommunity members in Nkayi District have 

been urged to set standards and systems 

that would solve sanitation related problems 

especially open defecation in their community.

 This came after the Habakkuk Trust Action Team in 

Nkayi Ward 26 conducted a research on sanitation which 

established that about 90 per cent of Households in the 

Ward use fields, bushes to dispose of human waste thus 

exposing others, especially children to serious health 


Section 73 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe recognises 

the right to a clean environment that is not harmful to the 

health and well-being of the people.  

Speaking at a Habakkuk Trust organized policy 

dialogue meeting held at the Nkayi Rural District 

Council Boardroom recently, a representative from the 

district Ministry of Health and Child Care, Mrs Ngole 

Nyaladzi urged villagers to be on the lookout for those 

who perpetrate the unhygienic practice in the area. She 

called on the villagers to set standards and create systems 

that would discourage open defecation as well as ensure 

that those who don’t comply face the consequences.

 “If a single household does not have a toilet, it doesn’t 

mean it only affects that household alone, it affects the 

whole community,” she said. “People should come 

together and discuss what measures they will take for 

those defecating in the open and what systems they 

would put in place regarding toilets for every household.”

She said it was usually easier for communities to 

comply with the mechanisms they put in place  themselves 

than the policies created by people from outside. she 

encouraged communities to take responsibility of their 


The policy dialogue meeting is part of the Habakkuk 

Trust Local Level Advocacy Programme cycle which gives 

Community Advocacy Action Teams an opportunity to 

meet various stakeholders to share their advocacy issues, 

interact and get knowledge on how these issues can be 



urged to set 

own sanitation 



by Blondie Ndebele

  Chief Ndube, born Nonhlanhla Sibanda, is one of the seven female Chiefs in Zimbabwe. 

She is 30years old and was installed as Chief in 2007 at the age of 22 following the death 

of her father in 2003. Since she was the only child left in the home with all her sisters 

working in SouthAfrica, she had no choice but to assume chieftaincy of the area covering 

Wards 1, 2, 14 and 15 in Insiza District. 

It has always been a norm that the eldest son succeeds his father and if there are no 

sons, the chieftaincy moves to the uncles. However, social, constitutional and policy 

advancements in human rights empowerment in Zimbabwe have allowed women also to 

be considered in traditional leadership.

Chief Ndube, like many other women who get into powerful leadership positions, 

faced a lot of resistance especially from the politicians, business people, and from male 

chauvinists. She was brave enough to fight the patriarchal system until she earned respect 

of everyone in her area of jurisdiction.

Chief Ndube defies the odds

The Late Councillor Jeremiah Langa

The late Councillor Jeremiah Langa 

handing over a certificate of attendance to 

Chief Ndube after the two-day workshop

By Maria Mawisha, Bubi W12 

   Habakkuk Trust  C.E.O  Mr Dumisani Nkomo

“At first it was hard because of people from different 

political parties who were a problem, resisting my 

Chieftainship. Though it has not completely gone away, 

it has become a lot better than before,” she said. “People 

really appreciate me now and women are excited to have a 

female chief in the area.”

Currently, Ndube’s area has 30 villages and some more 

villages will be added once the resettlement areas have 

been demarcated and traditional leadership chosen. 

There are three headmen in her area at the moment. 

“I preside over a lot of different cases and other 

community elders help me when we have problems. I also 

work closely with the District Administrator’s office.”

Chief Ndube, who has been capacitated by Habakkuk 

Trust in Local Level Advocacy, encouraged women to 

boldly take up leadership positions and never let people 

undermine their authority because of their gender. She 
said a good leader needs to be bold, brave, trustworthy and be loving towards others.

Chief Ndube is one of the traditional leaders Habakkuk Trust has trained on human 

rights, good governance, development and community transformation. 



We are deeply saddened by the loss of one 

of our esteemed Action Team member and 

Councillor for Insiza Ward 2 Mr. Jeremiah 

Langa. Councillor Langa was one of the 

many Councillors who were capacitated 

with advocacy and lobbying skills so that 

they can effectively develop their areas. 

May God comfort his family and friends 

during this time of loss.

Chapter 15
Traditional Leaders

280 Traditional Leadership


The institution, status and role of 

traditional leaders under customary law are 



A traditional leader is responsible 

for performing the cultural the cultural, 

customary and traditional functions of a 

Chief, head person or village head, as the 

case may be, for his or her community.

281 Principles to be observed by 

traditional leaders


Traditional leaders must- 

i)  Act in accordance with the 

Constitution and the laws of Zimbabwe

ii)  Observe the customs pertaining 

to traditional leadership and exercise their 

functions for the purposes for which the 

institution of traditional leadership is 

recognised by this Constitution; and 

iii)  Treat all persons within their areas 

equally and fairly.


Traditional leaders must not-


Be members of any political party 

or in any way participate in partisan politics;


Act in a partisan manner;


Further the interests of any political 

party or cause; or


Violate the fundamental rights and 

freedoms of any person.

282 Functions of traditional leaders

1)  Traditional leaders have the 

following functions within their areas of 


i)  To promote and uphold the 

cultural values of their communities and, in 

particular, to promote sound family values;


To take measure to preserve the 

culture, traditions, history and heritage of 

their communities, including sacred shrines; 


To facilitate development;

iv)  In accordance with an Act of 

Parliament, to administer Communal Land 

and to protect the environment; 


To resolve disputes amongst people 

in their communities in accordance with 

customary law; and

vi)  To exercise any other functions 

conferred or imposed on them by an Act of 


2)  Except as provided in an Act 

of Parliament, traditional leaders have 

authority, jurisdiction and control over the 

Communal Land or other areas of which 

they have been appointed, and over persons 

within those Communal Lands or areas.

3)  In the performance of their 

functions, traditional leaders are not subject 

to the direction or control of any person or 

authority, except as may be prescribed in an 

Act of Parliament. 

4)  An Act of Parliament must be 

provided for the regulation of the conduct 

of traditional leaders. 



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Where we operate

Gwanda District                         

•  Datata-Silikiwe 

•  Dambashoko

•  Zhukwe

•  Nkazhe

•  Bethel

•  Sengezane

•  Nsindi

•  Bhalula

 Mangwe District

• Phakamani

• Mahlabazihlangene

• Mthunduluka

• Makorokoro

• Maninji

• Zimnyama

• Madabe

• Macingwana

Matobo District

• Bidi

• Gohole

• Tudi

• Dwaleni

Nkayi District



Insiza District

•Filabusi Centre









E m p o w e r i n g 





Public consensus building meetings 

a resounding success


abakkuk Trust 

C o m m u n i t y 

Advocacy Action Teams 

in Nkayi and Insiza 

Districts recently managed 

to mobilize hundreds of 

people to attend community 

consensus meetings held to 

discuss advocacy issues that 

affect their communities. 

These public meetings are 

meant to create platforms 

for community members 

to actively and openly 

participate in community 

development, decision 

making and prioritization 

of key community 

advocacy concerns through 

consensus building. 

Many communities 

in the drought-stricken 

Matabeleland region 

rarely participate in local 

governance, economic and 

development processes that 

do not have immediate 

tangible solutions to their 

perennial problems. Most 

community members 

usually partake in meetings 

where handouts in the form 

of food and farming inputs 

are being distributed and 

thus lack the capacity to 

create sustainable solutions 

to their problems without 

external assistance. This 

dependency syndrome 

has made people fail to 

effectively participate in 

identifying and responding 

to community issues to 

complement the work 

done by development 

organisations and the 


Habakkuk Trust 

Community Advocacy 

Action Team in Nkayi Ward 

22 mobilised 267 people 

for a public consensus 

building meeting at Katasa 

pre-school and they agreed 

to work on development of 

village plans. 214 villagers 

converged at Marumbana 

Business Centre in Insiza 

Ward 2 and agreed to 

prioritize the building of 

a secondary school so as 

to ensure children access 

secondary education in the 


189 villagers who 

attended a consensus 

building meeting at 

Mdengelele Primary School 

in Nkayi Ward 26 decided 

on tackling perennial water 

problems and poor sanitary 

facilities in the Ward while 

in Insiza Ward 15, a total 

80 people gathered at 

Mthwakazi Community 

Hall in Filabusi and resolved 

to focus on solid waste 

management at Filabusi 

Centre. More than 70 per 

cent of the participants 

in all the meetings were 

women underlining the fact 

that men generally shun 

taking part in development 

projects in their areas. 

Habakkuk Trust 

Community Advocacy 

Action Teams in these 

Wards were trained on 

the importance of citizen 

participation in decision 

making and on how to 

mobilise community 

members to participate 

economic processes. They 

shared the knowledge 

with other community 

members hence the 

increase in the number of 

people who attended the 

public consensus building 



Habakkuk Trust Community Advocacy Action Teams in Nkayi and Insiza Districts are starting to apply practical 

skills to the knowledge Habakkuk Trust gave them during the capacity building and advocacy trainings. Here is what 

the Action team members had to say:

After the policy dialogue, we visited the offices of the Ministry 

of Primary and Secondary Education and obtained the Minimum 

Functionality Standards document which has guidelines for the setting 

up and construction of a school. We have also identified the three sites for 

our Secondary School and we are currently waiting for the local authority 

surveyors to inspect the sites and tell us where our school can possibly 

be located before we start actual work. If it wasn’t for the policy dialogue 

meeting we had in Filabusi Centre, we would not have known about 

the relevant procedures we should follow when starting a new school. 

Habakkuk Trust also taught us lobbying skills and how to engage certain 

officials on our issues hence we will continue using that knowledge even 

in other programmes we want to implement in our community. 

Insiza Ward 2 Action Team

 Information secretary

Mrs Sehlulekile Moyo

We would like to 

thank Habakkuk Trust for giving 

us an opportunity to meet different 

stakeholders who can be of immense 

help in capacitating our development 


We wish all Wards could receive 

capacity building training as we did so 

that they may encourage fellow villagers 

to participate in development projects. 

It is only through that way that the 

whole district would be able to realise 

meaningful development. 

Nkayi Ward 22 Action Team Secretary, Mrs Sibongile Tshuma presenting position paper at a policy 

dialogue meeting in Nkayi 

From Left to right: Habakkuk Trust Programmes Officer Rodwin Sibanda chairing 

at a policy dialogue while Acting District Administrator Mr. Moses Mbewe and DWSSC 

chairperson Mrs Sibusiso Ndlovu follow proceedings

Mrs Miriam Sibanda, Habakkuk Trust Nkayi W26 Action Team 

Vice Organising Secretary

The policy dialogue meeting gave us an insight on the state of water in our 

Ward. We now know that part of the Ward has no underground water and drilling 

boreholes would be a useless exercise. As an Action Team, we have set down, agreed 

to redo our research and find alternative ways of increasing access to clean water in 

our community. We are thinking of advocating for piped water and once we finish 

our research, we will engage relevant stakeholders and the community to assist in 

bringing clean water to this area.

          Mrs Sibongile Tshuma, Habakkuk

Trust Action Team secretary, Nkayi w22

Action Team Secretary Pastor Reynold Mugadza 

presenting Insiza Ward 15 position paper on solid 

waste management 

Habakkuk Trust Insiza  W15 

Action Team Information Secretary 

Nkosiyalinda Sibanda...

The policy dialogue was really an eye 

opener. We were happy to hear that Insiza 

Rural District Council has come up with an 

Environmental Strategic Plan to address the 

issue of solid waste disposal in Filabusi Centre. 

Our work as the Action Team has been made 

easier, our role now is to make a follow up 

on what the local authority has promised in 

an effort to keep the business centre clean 

and sensitise people on the importance of 


Some of the traditional leaders at public meeting at 

Katasa pre-school in Nkayi Ward 22

Insiza Ward 15 Action Team preparing for 

public meeting

Some of the community members gathered 

at Mdengelele Primary School in Nkayi Ward 


Mrs Sehlulekile Moyo

Mrs Sehlulekile Moyo, Habakkuk Trust Insiza W2 Action 

Team Information Secretary

Gathering at Marumbana 

Centre in Insiza Ward 2






Bubi District