Traditional authorities as conduits of belonging: Exploring linkages between communal and resettlements in Zvimba District, Zimbabwe

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Malvern Marewo
Senzeni Ncube


This article investigates how and why beneficiaries of the A1 villagised model of the Fast Track Land Reform Programme (FTLRP) retain a sense of belonging to the traditional authorities of communal areas of origin. The extent to which beneficiaries of land reform who live in new communities have maintained a sense of belonging in communal areas governed by traditional authorities has received limited attention in the literature. The most common forms of belonging in communal areas highlighted in the literature include a sense of connection through familial relations, family graves and historical landscapes. Through a case study of Zvimba district, the paper shows that people who relocated to FTLRP resettlement areas maintain a strong sense of connection with the traditional authorities in their original areas through lineage and totemic ties.

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Marewo, M., & Ncube, S. (2022). Traditional authorities as conduits of belonging: Exploring linkages between communal and resettlements in Zvimba District, Zimbabwe. The Africa Governance Papers, 1(2), 76–97. Retrieved from
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Malvern Marewo, University of Cape Town

Malvern Kudakwashe Marewo is a postdoctoral research fellow under the Land Reform and Democracy National Research Foundation at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town, South Africa. His areas of research interests and publication include land reform, belonging and translocation, agrarian labour and livelihoods, land governance and displacement.

Senzeni Ncube, University of Cape Town

Senzeni Ncube is a postdoctoral fellow under the Land and Democracy National Research Foundation chair at the Centre for African Studies, University of Cape Town. Her research interests include land and agrarian reform in Africa, land displacement and livelihoods, and food security.


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