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date: 12 April 2024

warrant chief 

Source:
A Dictionary of African Politics
Author(s):

Nic Cheeseman,

Eloïse Bertrand,

Sa’eed Husaini

A *traditional leader established by colonial warrant. Under systems of *indirect rule, *colonial regimes co-opted pre-existing authority structures in order to maintain political control. Where such structures did not exist, for example because communities did not feature centralized political authority, colonial governments often granted potential collaborators ‘warrants’ to act as local representatives of the colonial regime among their people. In some cases, this included using coercion and state resources to empower colonial appointees and marginalize potential rivals. Such intervention was often required because ... ...

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