Western Bahr El Ghazal State Assembly Passes Traditional Authority Bill

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“The state Legislative Assembly has passed the bill based on the state Local Government Act for 2009 mandating the local traditional leaders to deal with the minor cases within the community,” said acting speaker Paulino Apinyi Akol.

The acting speaker said the bill would constitute the traditional leaders to work within the contents of customer law and interest of the local communities.

He said that the council of traditional authority will appoint its executive body at the state level tasked with monitoring the bill adding that the Council will avert and resolve local conflicts by providing diplomatic mechanisms and arbitrations to any alarming issue within the community.

The main objectives of the body are to uphold and promote peace, resolve and prevent conflicts and preserve cultural heritage, customs and values of the people in the state.

The COTAL executive body from time to time serves as a consultative crossing point between traditional communities and state government on seeking to resolve conflicts such as land disputes, raids, thefts, marriages, and other customary laws. 

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