Participation of chieftain authority in governance of the Nuer villages in post conflict South Sudan

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Kampala international international: College Humanities and Social Sciences
This thesis is a modest academic attempt to assess the participation of the Nuer Chieftain Authority in the post conflict governance of the Nuer villages in South Sudan. It aims at establishing the forms of participation the Nuer Chieftain Authority undertaking in governance of the Nuer villages. The study assessed the functional areas of chiefs, administrative sensitivity they exhibit and challenges they encounter in the governance of the Nuer villages. The study employed descriptive design and purposive sampling methods. Questionnaires and interview guides were used for data collection. The researcher utilized frequency, percentage and content analysis techniques in analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. The research findings report that chiefs are sensitive in the post conflict governance system despite underestimation of their roles by local government inspectors and scholars, In establishing this argument, the study assessed family disputes; criminal offenses and disputes over natural resources chiefs resolved in the Nuer villages. The study found over 90% of these dispute cases were redressed by chiefs, Thus, the study concludes that chieftain authority is not by itself insensitive but other factors including lack of salary, office facilities and widespread of small arms in civilian hands are factors daunting chiefs’ participation in the governance of the Nuer villages. Therefore, the researcher recommends to GoSS to provide services lacking in the NCA. In addition, the researcher recommends to researchers to carry out investigations on structural challenges affecting chieftain authority.
A thesis submitted to the school of postgraduate studies and research Kampala international university Kampala, Uganda in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree master of human rights and development
Human rights and Development, Chieftain authority, Governance, Nuer village, South Sudan