The following are the sources of conflict in the play:
1. Traditional beliefs. Although we learn later in the book that Thoni loved Remi, the fact Remi's parents told Remi to marry the widow of his late brother resulted in Remi's father cussing him. Also, it resulted in Remi hating Thoni because he was forced to marry her believing she never loved him or didn't respect his feelings for her.
2. Politics. Politics can work for the good of a country or cause conflict in a country. Omange told Remi it wasn't justifiable for the government to ban demonstrations. People demonstrate to express their grievances or disappointment with the government or those in authority. Also, he talked about nepotism which involves employing people from a particular tribe. Also, Marua people are living in a deplorable state. Taxes are high, there are few schools and social services. It is behind in development, unlike other tribes.
3. Pride. We learn from Jane that Remi always thought he was better or superior to others. The result of Thoni committing suicide and causing anger among villagers was because of his pride. He thought he knew better. He didn't want to consult with elders and religious leaders on how to solve issues facing the tribe.