Managing Chieftaincy and Land Conflicts: Traditional or Modern Mechanism

"That peace and stability are pre-requisites for human development and progress is an incontrovertible dictum. But it is also recognized that conflicts are inevitable in human societies and that certain kinds of conflicts may even be necessary because they could be the driving force of politics and the economy and assist in social renewal. Nonetheless, conflicts sap human energies and expend scarce resources; if allowed to fester or gestate, simmering conflicts could explode with tragic and disastrous consequences. All societies, therefore, have mechanisms for managing and resolving them. This essay briefly reviews traditional and modern sources of conflict, and the mechanisms adopted for their resolution in Ghanaian society - with land and chieftaincy disputes as illustrations"