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Title:Third-Party Intervention in the Mbindia Enthronement Conflict: Containment or Transformation?
Author:Achankeng, Fonkem
Year:2006
Periodical:African Journal on Conflict Resolution
Volume:6
Issue:1
Pages:9-27
Language:English
Geographic term:Cameroon
Subjects:arbitration
enthronement
traditional rulers
conflict
colonialism
History and Exploration
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Link:http://www.accord.org.za/ajcr-issues/%ef%bf%bcthird-party-intervention-in-the-mbindia-enthronement-conflict/
Abstract:This article analyses the mediation process employed in the Mbindia enthronement conflict. This conflict arose when Fuantem, the ruler of Lebang, a location in Cameroon, arrogated to himself the exclusive right to preside at the public enthronement of a new chief in Mbindia on March 11, 1999, a right which the people of Mbindia refused on the basis of history and blood relationships. The article focuses on the outcome of the mediation by government agents who intervened to contain the crisis that followed the Mbindia enthronement conflict. 'Problem-solving' mediation was used, but the actual objective was to contain the conflict as soon as possible and restore 'peace' and 'order'. The outcome of the mediation left one party feeling satisfied and the other party dissatisfied. The article argues that the outcome of the intervention was less successful because of the intervention approach and containment ideology, which had an influence on the mediation process used by the administrative officers who played the third-party role in the conflict. Instead, it makes a claim for the conflict transformation approach in which parties are empowered to resolve their conflicts themselves, and in which they are guided towards recognizing each other's concerns. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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