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Chief Ruzane was born Washington Mbavha in Wedza, Zimbabwe and is the heir to the Ruzane lineage of traditional chieftainship that is centuries old, preceding colonization and Rhodesia. Before leaving formal jobs in 2012, he was the Safety and Environmental officer for the international chrome mining and processing company ZIMASCO. In 2016, he became Chief Ruzane and was crowned in 2018. Currently he is collaborating with the Wedza Rural District Council to restore common land to the Machikichori Citrus Reforestation project, a 12,000 community, orchard led by women to reduce chronic hunger and under-five mortality. As leader, he is the cultural, moral, and traditional steward of his people. Chief Ruzane is a visionary leader of his community, pioneering an inclusive approach to development to combat hunger, promote peace and de-escalate conflict.
Councilor Negombwe was born in Wedza and he is the elected official for Ruzane, Wedza South Constituency, Zimbabwe. He was awarded the lifetime title of Alderman after he successfully represented his constituency for ten consecutive years. Alderman Negombwe is the current Chairman of the Wedza district council, in which he provides leadership to 14 other councilors on matters of setting local development policy and practices through democratic governance. Alderman Negombwe was an educator during Rhodesia between 1972-1977 before the liberation war, he held a leadership position in the music production company Teal Records before becoming a telecommunications engineer. In 1986, he acquired funding through the small business support vehicle SEDCO and established a thriving grocery store and grinding meal business which he ran successfully in Harare for 15 years. During the food riots of 1999 his businesses were vandalized, forcing him to downsize and move his grinding meal to the rural areas. As an individual whose businesses were destroyed by consequences of economic hardship, he fully understands the importance of prosperity and development to the peace and success of a country. This experience is what motivated him to authorize the land restoration project to, a female-led initiative l to reduce chronic hunger and under-five mortality, and – in his words – “serves the majority of his electors” who are women. By supporting this endeavor, Councilor Negombwe is regarded as an exceptional leader whose vision of serving the electorates has inspired other leaders in the nation.