African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 388

Full Length Research Paper

Beyond arms investment: Interrogating the silent drivers of protracted chieftaincy conflicts in Ghana

Samuel Marfo
  • Samuel Marfo
  • Department of History and Political Science, Faculty of Social Science and Arts, Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana.
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Halidu Musah
  • Halidu Musah
  • Department of History and Political Science, Faculty of Social Science and Arts, Simon Diedong Dombo University of Business and Integrated Development Studies, Ghana.
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Hamza Mohammed
  • Hamza Mohammed
  • Center for Conflict Peace and Security, Faculty of Sustainable Development Studies, University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana.
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  •  Received: 28 September 2021
  •  Accepted: 30 December 2021
  •  Published: 31 January 2022

Abstract

In Ghana, scholarly works on conflict financing, which sustains most conflicts is very much limited. Against this background, the Yendi chieftaincy conflict was purposely selected with the objective of examining the various resources invested in by the belligerents and other interested parties aside arms and ammunitions, which protracted the conflict and its resolution. A combined 59 respondents were purposely selected in a case study design. Primary data were gathered through interviews and focus group discussion. The study revealed that diverse resources invested in the Yendi chieftaincy conflict include; supply of arms and ammunitions, cash donation, funding of legal battles, and free supply of fuel and machetes. The paper recommends concerted efforts from stakeholders including the police, bankers, military, conflict resolution experts and fuel dealers to help deal with the menace of conflict financing which the study found to have contributed to the protraction of the Yendi chieftaincy conflict.

 

Key words:  Conflict financing, protracted conflicts, chieftaincy, conflict escalation, Yendi.