Read More "The need to draw the attention of the President came after the realisation that there is a continuous decline in the number of females participating in decision making bodies at local authority level in the country". Slide "As Rural District Councils, we should be guided by the same principles. We need to strive for good corporate governance ensuring both transparency and accountability" Ald. D. G. Mutasa
ARDCZ 3rd Annual General Conference 2022
Slide "We noted that most of the issues between Local Authorities and Central Government need to be resolved; we have therefore decided to produce researched papers for tabling with our Ministry, so as to provoke debate, and resolve the matters" Dr. I. Matsilele - CEO ARDCZ 3rd -AGM Slide
4th RDCs Council Chairpersons' Indaba

"Council Chairpersons are supposed to have knowledge on the fiscal capacity of their councils so that they know what projects can be conducted Mr. L. Bhoroma - CLGF
Slide In order for local authorities to achieve nation's priorities, there is need for Council Chairpersons to make sure resources are being exactly where they should be. Mr A. Chiraya - O.P.C 4th RDCs Council Chairpersons' Indaba Slide Ms L. Bunu - ZINARA Rural District Councils play a role in road infrastructure as they plan and identify roads which are to be maintained, ZINARA and road authorities strive together to improve traffic ability of Zimbabwe's roads. 4th RDCs Council Chairpersons' Indaba Slide


Rural District Councils have a need for consultation, research and guidance, whether in preparing their long term plans and carrying out their daily duties. The Association of Rural District Councils (ARDCZ) plays a crucial role in providing such information and advice.

The ARDCZ is a body corporate recognised by the Rural District Councils Act 29:13 which forms the legal basis of rural self-governance in the country. It was established in July 1993 following the abolition of the dual and racially based system of Rural Councils and District Councils that had formed Zimbabwe’s rural local government system since before independence.

Rural District Councils

Zimbabwe has a population of around 13 million people. Of this population, 75% to 80% live in rural areas. The 60 Rural District Councils (RDCs) are responsible for the welfare and the general socio-economic development of these people.


Every single day these same councils make decisions that impact significantly on the lives of their respective citizens. Councillors and Council Officials spend much time and effort on consulting and working together with ordinary citizens, entrepreneurs and a great number of local organisations in order to serve their mandate.

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