International Journal of
Peace and Development Studies

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Peace and Dev. Stud
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6621
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJPDS
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 103


Urban local authorities in Zimbabwe and the new constitution

Mapuva Jephias
  • Mapuva Jephias
  • Department of Geography and Development Studies, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Bindura University, Astra Campus, Bindura, Zimbabwe.
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Takabika Tendai
  • Takabika Tendai
  • College of Peace, Leadership and Governance, Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe.
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  •  Received: 03 September 2019
  •  Accepted: 05 February 2020
  •  Published: 29 February 2020


Urban areas have always attracted the attention of political parties due to their dense demographic compositions, hence their popularity as battle grounds among political parties. This has resulted in amendments and consolidation of local government legislation to ensure that urban local authorities enjoy only delegated powers and remain accountable to the central administration. Consequently local authorities remained creatures of statute. This tended to hamstring the operations of local authorities, as their autonomy was limited. However, with the coming in of the new constitutional dispensation in 2013, local government, for the first time, has enjoyed constitutional status. This paper seeks to unpack the content and practice of the law governing urban local authorities and the potential of this constitutional provision to promote good local governance.


Key words: Amalgamation, political parties, local authorities, local government.