Should the fueding factions in the Kandiga-Doba conflict fail to uphold the peace and maintain the calm that has been achieved in recent times, the Doba-Kandiga Conflict Resolution Committee (DK-CRC) has said it wuld be forced to adopt a cutomary arbitration approach.
The ADR Act provides for customary arbitration, which is unique to the Ghanaian legal system. Customary arbitration is where parties with a prior agreement to be bound by the decision of the arbitrators submit their disputes to arbitrators (who may be chiefs, heads of family or heads of clan) for the purpose of having the dispute decided informally, but on its merits; and the court and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre (set up by the ADR Act) are key parts in the ADR Act, as opposed to the position of the conciliator in the UNCITRAL Model Law.
This was contained in a a statement released by the Chairman of the Doba-Kandiga Conflict Resolution Committee (DK-CRC) Justice William Anaam Atuguba (retired) to the fueding factions and copied to this website.
See full details below.
The Doba-Kandiga Conflict Resolution Committee (DK-CRC) having successfully engaged the feuding factions to the conflict for the third time, proposes that should the traditional authorities fail to resolve the land issue which has been the cause of the conflict leading to the death of tens of people and the loss of property and human dignity by the end of January 2023, the committee will facilitate the parties to adopt a Customary Arbitration approach to ensure that the matter is resolved in a rapid and amicable manner.
The committee having listened to repeated verbal statements, studied written statements and many documentations gathered from the past and presented by all the parties has come to a firm conclusion that all efforts by any interested peace maker will only reduce tensions and improve peaceful co-existence for a period but tackling the land issue and resolving it completely will inure to a lasting peace for the people of Doba and Kandiga.
The committee further appeals to the chiefs and people of Doba and Kandiga to continue to hold on to the current calm and peaceful co-existence amongst them.
The committee will continue to partner with any peace initiators who have special focus on the Doba and Kandiga area conflict to ensure that calm and peaceful co-existence return to the area to enable the innocent and vulnerable people go about their daily activities without fear or hindrance.
The committee also appeals to the Paramount Chiefs of the Navrongo and Mirigu Traditional Areas, Navro-Pio, Pe Asagpaare Aneakwoa Balinia Adda II and Naba Anosona Abisa Atasige III under whose respective traditional jurisdictions Doba and Kandiga fall respectively to hold firm the chiefs of Doba and Kandiga to control their subjects to allow peace a chance.
WILLIAM ANAAM ATUGUBA JSC (RETIRED)
(CHAIRMAN OF THE DOBA-KANDIGA CONFLICT RESOLUTION COMMITTEE)
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana