The government will redefine chieftainship boundaries to accommodate newly resettled farmers and allow for traditional leaders to monitor the protection of land in these areas.

This came out during when the Matabeleland South Provincial Chiefs Assembly met various stakeholders at Esikhovheni Training Centre in Umzingwane to deliberate on some of the challenges faced within communities which include HIV and AIDS and environmental issues.

The Environmental Management Agency (EMA) expressed concern over the level of land degradation in mining districts, saying traditional leaders as the custodians of the land have a critical role to play in the conservation and preservation of the environment .

Chiefs however, the absence of traditional leaders in newly resettled areas has created a host of challenges.

The Director of Traditional Leadership and Support Services in the Ministry of Rural Development, Preservation of National and Cultural Heritage, Mr Felix Chikobo said there is now need to draw boundaries that accommodate former commercial farms.

On the welfare of chiefs, an appeal was made to government to avail better allowances and new vehicles to enable the traditional leaders to execute their duties effectively.

The meeting, which was also attended by district administrators, also tackled the issue of chieftainship that is often characterised by wrangles. T

The chiefs assembly now has a role to play in the appointment of new chiefs in line with the local traditions.