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International Journal of Political Science and Development

Vol. 4(4), pp. 108118, April, 2016. 

DOI: 10.14662/IJPSD2015.060

ISSN: 2360-784X

 

 

Research Paper

 

 

Traditional disputes Resolution Institution among Mareko ethnic group Southern Ethiopia

 

Daniel Mekonnen

 

Debre Markos University, Department of Social Science, Debre Markos. E-mail: dmekonnen37@yahoo.com

 

Accepted 2 May 2016

Abstract

 

The main objective of this article is to investigate indigenous conflict resolution institution among the Libido-Mareko ethnic group in Gurage Zone Southern Ethiopia. To attain this objective, the article employed both secondary and primary data sources. The primary data were gathered through in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, and observations. Secondary data were obtained through a critical review of related literature and documents. Both primary and secondary data were organized thematically and analyzed through systematic interpretation and triangulation of various sources. The study found that conflict related with land holding, marriage and gender related issues and alcoholism are the main causes of conflict among the Libido- Mareko ethnic group in Mareko Woreda. Conflicts are manifested at family, neighborhood and clan level with varying magnitude. The study further found that different belief, value and norms that Maaga indigenous conflict resolution institution uses in conflict resolution process. The Raaga-Maaga indigenous conflict resolution institution among Libido- Mareko ethnic group has two stages of conflict resolution involving the Maaga and Raaga. The two stages of conflict resolution are highly interconnected and refer cases from one setting to another. The first stage, Maaga, has five structures: Minan woran jaana (family congregation), Hegeegan janna, (intra- and inter-village structure), nihuss-gossa (sub-clan), gichchotan hafa (clan structure) and Meexe hafa/libidan dummichcha (Mareko assembly). The article further found that indigenous conflict resolution institution involved different actors in the conflict resolution process. Finally, the article concluded by suggesting possible areas for future intervention and further research.

 

Keywords: Conflict, Maaga, Indigenous conflict resolution institution, Mareko

 

Cite This Article As: Mekonnen D (2016). Traditional disputes Resolution Institution among Mareko ethnic group Southern Ethiopia. Inter. J. Polit. Sci. Develop. 4(4): 108-118


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