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 Form 3 History and Government Lessons on Colonial Administration

Problems associated with indirect rule as a system of government used by the british

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Problems associated with indirect rule as a system of government used by the British.
a) Indirect rule could only be applied where centralized government was present.
b) Where chiefs were imposed, especially in the stateless societies, their authority lacked legitimacy and only resulted in suspicion and lack of confidence.
c) Local people even in the highly centralized states looked at indirect rule as curtailing the authority of their local rulers.
d) Some inexperienced British officials tended to interfere too much with the vital African customs and practices e.g. among the Asante thus bringing further problems.
e) Different administrations had different views on the degree of indirect rule to be applied hence confusion was created.


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