Counseling as an Intervention to Resolving the Effects of Land Disputes: A Case Study of Tirap Division, Marakwet District, Kenya
This paper focused on counseling as an alternative in resolving the effects of land disputes in Tirap division Marakwet District Kenya. Data was collected by use of literature review and questionnaire. The research found out that contrary to the popular believe that people in Tirap do not know much about counseling it has been observed that an overwhelming majority (70%) preferred counseling as an alternative to resolving the effects of land disputes. Though services from governmental organizations are not widely available, most service providers are particularly world vision and the Catholic Church with 71% of the respondents having received counseling from these organizations. It has also been noted that 71% of those who received counseling reported to have coped better. The researcher therefore recommends that more counseling services needs to be started in this locality to supplement the already existing. In addition, there is a need for more psycho-social approach to land disputes in Tirap in particular and Kenya in general. Government should train and hire more psychological counselors to assist both the victims and villains to overcome the effects of the dispute. More research on counseling as an alternative to solve land disputes should be carried out based on this study. Further research on the relationship between land, population growth and disputes should be carried out nationwide.
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