Workshop on Building National Consensus on Justice, Peace and Security: The Role of Traditional Leaders", 1-3 October 2014

16 Mar 2015

From 1 to 3 October 2014, the second of a series of six workshops under the project titled “Building and Managing Consensus” took place at the Great Zimbabwe Hotel, Masvingo. This particular workshop focused on the role of traditional leaders in building consensus on justice, peace and security in Zimbabwe. The specific objectives of the workshop were:

1)     Learning about Security Sector Governance (SSG) and its relevance to traditional leaders

2)     Learning about the new constitutional dispensation in Zimbabwe with regard to traditional leaders’ role in SSG

3)     Learning about traditional leaders’ role in delivering peace and security in other African countries

4)     Developing negotiation and mediation skills

5)     Developing a coherent and sustainable strategy on the role of traditional leaders in promoting SSG in Zimbabwe.

The workshop consisted of the following components:

·       An overview of community security in Zimbabwe based on the human security paradigm

·       A historical overview of the role of traditional leaders in the provision of peace and security in Zimbabwe

·       An interrogation of the current constitutional dispensation with regards to the role of traditional leaders in Zimbabwe

·       An exploration of African perspectives on Security Sector Governance (SSG) and implications on the role of traditional leaders in Zimbabwe

·       A gendered approach to justice, peace and security in Zimbabwe

·       An overview of the concept of civil-military relations and how traditional leaders fit into the civil-military relations architecture in Zimbabwe

·       An overview of the principles of negotiation and mediation

The workshop was implemented successfully with very good feedback from the participants.