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Title:Democratisation and control: fast track and local government reforms in Zimbabwe
Author:Murisa, TendaiISNI
Periodical:Journal of Contemporary African Studies (ISSN 1469-9397)
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:local government reform
land reform
traditional rulers
local government
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02589001.2013.830904
Abstract:Fast track land reform in Zimbabwe often has been treated as a process only entailing the redistribution of formerly white-owned land to blacks. However, there are other deeper changes that have not yet been coherently analysed, such as the nature of local power relations and the local government system; especially the manner in which it balances the interests of traditional authority and elected authorities. The local government system in fast track areas is in a state of flux. On the one hand, there is potential for a more inclusive and participatory model of local government, on the other hand, official processes through legal enactments suggest that policy craftsmen are still intent on continuing with policies that promote the establishment of two competing sites of power. This paper explores the manner in which rural local government has been treated in the literature, and how it is being re-established in the aftermath of the 'jambanja', a period in which the 'rule of law' was literally suspended. Rather than depending only on official processes, the field evidence that analyses the actual practice of local government is also utilised. The paper contributes towards a more coherent understanding of the links between the colonial state's control imperative and the post-colonial's ambition to exert similar control, albeit under different political conditions. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]