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Traditional Leadership and Conflict Resolution Mechanisms in Ghana: The Case of Buipe

Abstract

There have been parcels of chieftaincy related conflicts in Northern Region of Ghana some of which are protracted and intractable. The paper investigated the available traditional conflict resolution mechanisms in Gonja traditional area using the qualitative approach. Relative deprivation theory was relied on to explain the causes of the Buipe conflict. The findings revealed that traditional conflict resolution mechanisms involve the conflicting parties in the resolution process and focus on win-win situation rather than emphasizing on adjudication to determine who is right and who is wrong for punishment to be awarded. The study concluded that traditional methods of conflict resolution should be applied to chieftaincy conflicts rather than litigation.

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