Causes of Chieftaincy Disputes in Africa and How to Deal with Them

Customary law in South Africa, Custom (law)

CAUSES OF CHIEFTAINCY DISPUTES IN AFRICA AND HOW TO DEAL WITH THEM The constitution of Ghana defines a chief in article 277 as. In the Chapter unless the context otherwise requires, chief means a person, who, hailing from the appropriate family and lineage has been validly nominated ,elected or selected and enstooled, enskinned or installed as a chief or queen mother in accordance with the relevant customary law and usage. Chieftaincy as an important social institution which binds the people together is fraught with numerous disputes. Chieftaincy disputes are the misunderstanding, that occurs between two or more fractions on the enstoolment or enskinment of a chief or the misunderstanding between an incumbent chief and some of his subjects. Some causes of chieftaincy disputes are. When two families are claiming the right to a stool or a skin. In traditions where chieftaincy runs through multiple families there is likely to be a chieftaincy disputes that will arise between the families. This is in tradition where there are multiple royal families to inherit the throne. Its requires that when the chief dies the next family is to inherit the throne and it runs through all the families in the same manner. But in certain cases the ruling family will want to continue ruling instead of allowing other families to rule as customs demand. Disputes arise since the rest of the families think is wrong for only one family to rule all the times. The Ashanti’s rule from these multiple royal families. Another cause of chieftaincy disputes is when stool lands leased or sold to companies or individuals for money which goes into the chiefs own pocket. When stool lands are sold or leased the people expect the chief to use these monies for profitably business that will creates jobs and other activities to the town to improve Standard of living. In most cases the chiefs uses the peoples monies for his own gains. Disputes arise when the people notice that their funds are being misused....
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