Traditional Systems of Conflict Resolution in Modern Societies. Exploration of Challenges in Murewa
This research looked at the traditional systems of conflict resolution in modern societies, exploring on the challenges faced in Murewa district. The research explored the process and ways through which communities engage in using traditional conflict resolution mechanisms and the social contexts in which these mechanisms are employed in Murewa. The study was influenced by the Structural Functionalism model as a theoretical framework to understand how the traditional and cultural aspects are related to the functionality of a society. A sample was taken from three wards which had a total of thirty participants for the study. The findings revealed that traditional conflict resolution mechanisms based on the customary law still exist in rural communities and the traditional institutions that implement them contribute significantly to the maintenance of social order in Murewa. The extent of effectiveness of these traditional conflict resolution mechanisms is however affected by the challenges faced in the implementation of these traditional conflict resolution mechanisms which explored a number of hindering factors.