Traditional Leaders review.
A very interesting read.
I found the dysfunction between the population centres and the rural areas to be reminiscent of what is happening today in the USA. While American regional interests may be protected to a degree by such devices as the Electoral College, a more tribal approach may better suit South Sudan.
Mr. Banggol deftly and comprehensively tackles the subject in his book. He does an apt job presenting possible solutions to issues that have bedevilled the post-colonial world for decades.
His thoughts regarding filtering governmental policy through traditional leaders is well worth consideration. After all, the concept of ‘instant democracy’ hasn’t worked out too well elsewhere.
It is not beyond hope that, over time, various aspects of modern governance and behaviour can be relayed to the populace this way. In reverse, concerns of the people, at ground level, can more easily be brought to the attention of government. Tribal leaders convening regularly may also help diffuse some of the longstanding tensions plaguing the country.
From the book, I gathered that one major caveat to the concept is time itself. A millennium of constant tribal reinforcement has been shattered. The situation gets more challenging with each passing day. At some point that chain could permanently sever. The resultant effect throughout the country could make today’s problems seem small by comparison.
Anyone engaged in African studies should read this bool closely.