WERDIT moves to mitigate conflict in Wedza

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  • Conflicts in district include those over grazing land, boundaries

WEDZA Residents Development Initiative Trust has moved in to mitigate conflict among Mashonaland East residents.

Stakeholders constituting the trust include district development co-ordinator (DDC) Kenneth Shumba and former Education minister Enias Chigwedere, who is also a headman from the Mubaiwa clan.

In his welcome remarks, DDC Shumba encouraged Mashonaland East residents to work together in order to develop Wedza.

“We should work together as one family and develop the Wedza community.We all have a role to play in the development of our area,” he said.

Residents identified different areas which they said caused conflict.

Some of the conflict points identified include disagreements over grazing areas, inability to communicate well in affairs of mutual interest and quarrels over boundaries.

Speaking at the occasion, WERDIT director George Makoni said the meeting was about finding solutions to problems affecting communities in Mashonaland East.

We seek to identify conflicts that characterise communities and how these may be resolved per the residents’ recommendations. We expect this meeting to come out with recommendations on what to do in order to bring the people of Wedza together,” Makoni said.

Assistant DDC for the district, Admire Dhliwayo, said unity would help Wedza residents map out devolution issues amicably when the appropriate time comes.

If we work together, this will help us as Wedza when it comes to issues of devolution,” Dhliwayo said.

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