Before modern courts, here is how African communities handled conflicts

Nduta Waweru Sep 26, 2018 at 04:31am

September 26, 2018 at 04:31 am | Culture

Nduta Waweru

Nduta Waweru | Contributor

September 26, 2018 at 04:31 am | Culture

In traditional African societies, conflict resolution differed from one community to another considering the type of crime and severity of the impact. However, in most cases, a group of elders and the chief or monarch are the ones who would listen to the cases brought to them and resolve accordingly.

This worked effectively because the communities had put in place some rules and regulation that determined the crime and punishment as well as other forms of reparations by the person at fault. Such rules also included punishment on people who went against the gods or those who had done evil on the land.

While most of these conflict resolutions methods were discarded during colonisation, some of them are still being used in various communities but in small-scale basis.

Here are some of the ways African communities handled conflicts

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