Fambul Tok ends a one-day chiefdom level stakeholders meeting at the chiefdom court barrrey in Sahn town in the Malen Chiefdom, Pujehun District, to discuss the level of resolution on issues raised during past GRC meetings and dialogues on the Malen land conflict.
The chiefdom level stakeholders meeting is part of the activities of #unpeace
building project: Mitigating local resource-based conflicts and increasing community resilient in Malen Chiefdom, in Pujehun district. A total of 50 participants (21 men, 20 women and 9 youths) drawn from the nine sections of the chiefdom, were in full attendance on the 15th December 2021.
Months back, several meetings were held in Malen and Makpele chiefdoms and Pujehun town respectively involving stakeholders, government officials, youth groups and other interested parties from Malen and Makpele Chiefdoms to help point out issues to improve on sustainable peace in both Chiefdoms
Chief of Sahn Town- Chief Abu Gombu in the absence of both the Paramount Chief and his Speaker welcomed the participants and thanked FTI-SL and other stakeholders for their commitment to promote peace in Malen chiefdom.
He said FTI-SL can be a living testimony that people were saying that local authorities denied NGOs and CSOs to organize meetings in Malen Chiefdom, but within 2020/2021 FTI-SL has organized successful meetings inviting all stakeholders, HOPANDA and MALOA groups. He said this serves as an example of the willingness by the local authorities to promote peace in Malen Chiefdom; while decelerating the meetings open.
In presenting issues highlighted in the previous meetings in Malen and Pujehun, Joseph M Kargbo of FTI-SL explained the following burning issues to be addressed.
> The Chairman council of paramount chiefs PC Sas Gbonda of the Kpanga Kirim chiefdom Pujehun district, to lead a delegation with other Paramount Chiefs to visit Malen Chiefdom, to resolve the interpersonal grievances between Hon PC Kebbie and his younger brother Honorable Sama.
>Immediate Chiefdom dialogue in both Chiefdom (Malen and Makpele) to be facilitated by Fambul Tok as soon as possible to report on the outcome of the MSP meeting.
> Local government to identify where chiefs are selected and help resolve dissatisfaction through the process of electing chiefs.
> The office of the Vice President to release the report or recommendations from the technical report.
> Woman to be included in the Chiefdom development committee and stakeholders to resolve the conflict between the Chiefdom youth council in Makpele.
He ended by saying FTISL has worked endlessly to resolve most of the issues raised from the last meeting together with both Chiefdoms and commitment were made by other people to play their own part.
Ibrahim B Swaray-CSO Chairman Pujehun District added that complement should be given to FTISL as they have done extremely well with the inclusion of Civil Society. Noting that in due time, both Chiefdoms will enjoy lasting peace and development based on the approach they are using. Haja Adama Sengeh, chiefdom Mammy Queen express her gratitude to Fambul Tok UNDP, and WFP for the peace building process in the Malen land conflicts: ‘we were worrisome before this time because of continuous unrest in our chiefdom, but we thank God for Fambul Tok for bridging the gaps for sustainable peace in Malen chiefdom’.