MONROVIA, Nov. 13 (LINA) – Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has said Liberia can boast of an “age-old love affair” with the Palaver Hut system of dialogue.
“Historically, our people have successfully used this method for personal or group dialogue, accountability and settlement in cases involving boundary, farming land as well as family disputes,” he said.
Vise President Boakai was speaking today at the opening of the National Palava Hut Technical Forum organized by the Independent National Commission on Human Rights at the Monrovia City Hall.
The forum gathers 15 chiefs and other traditional leaders as well as experts to discuss the types of palaver hut mechanisms and nuances used across our country.
It is one of the methods recommended by the erstwhile Truth and Reconciliation Commission for healing the wounds of the 14-year civil conflict in Liberia.
Vice President Boakai reminded the participants that the ultimate goal of the forum is the formulation of guidelines, and an overarching methodology, that can enable the design of a nationally workable Palaver Hut System.
“This Government remains conscious of the fact that cardinal among factors undergirding the state of stability and decorum in any given country is that feeling of commonality, ownership, and belonging,” he said.
He noted that such peaceful state of existence is reinforced by the upholding of human rights and the equitable distribution of resources.
Mr. Boakai called for the alleviation of the state of division, bad blood, suspicion, discord, and cynicism and pointed out that this is an assured way to sustain peace, stability and national progress.
He said the national challenge of keeping the peace and stability does not rest on the government’s shoulders alone and called on every Liberian to give keen attention and strong support to all work undertaken to heal the r wounds and reinforce the bonds that hold us together.
Vice President Boakai then implored the forum to remain “fully mindful of the colossal implications this process will bring to bear on our nation’s forward march.”