Examining traditional leaders’ role in managing political conflict and peace building in Zambia.

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Goma, Simeon
Ngambi, Stabile
Mulubale, Sanny
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In the traditional setting, in the past, conflicts were solved by traditional elders whereas today, conflict management is as a result of increased interdependence among actors and complexity of issues that underlie the interests leading to conflict which under rates the role played by the traditional leaders in conflict management. The aim of this paper was to investigate the role of traditional leaders in managing political conflict for peace building at national level in Zambia. Using a case study design and qualitative approaches, the study collected data through semi structured interviews with 30 key informants who were purposively sampled. The findings were analysed following a thematic approach. The findings of the study confirm that traditional leaders have influence in political conflict management and peace building processes. The findings reveal that role chiefs played in the nationalist movement and their positive contribution to economic growth and development both political and social development before and after independence. It is clear in this study that the effect of tradition leadership in countries like Zambia still has leverage on the political direction of a country and chiefs in chiefdoms have the power to mediate various forms of conflicts including political disputes.
Traditional institutions--Peaceful resolution of conflicts. , State-building with traditional leaders and institutions.
Simeon, G., Ngambi. S.N, & Mulubale, S. (2023). Examining Traditional Leaders‟ Role in Managing Political Conflict and Peace Building in Zambia.