KENYANS URGED TO USE ALTERNATIVE MEANS TO RESOLVE DISPUTES IN FAMILY, LAND MATTERS

NAIROBI, Chief Justice David Maraga has urged Kenyans to embrace alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, especially elders, to address family and land matters.

Justice Maraga, who was speaking in Isiolo, about 280 kilometres north of here, Thursday, said such resolutions would ensure unity and friendship among close family members as opposed to the enmity which arises when one party wins a court case with the other losing.

Justice Maraga said research had shown that alternative dispute resolution mechanisms worked better and as opposed to the enmity that arises when one party wins a court case with the other losing. He, however, cautioned the public against using the same mechanisms to resolve cases like child rape or other criminal matters.

Justice Maraga was in Isiolo to preside over a ground-breaking ceremony for construction of the Isiolo High Court buildings projected to be completed by October next year. He said the Judiciary was keen to establish a High Court in every county and at least a Magistrate’s Court in each of the 290 sub-counties across the country.

In Isiolo County, the Judiciary will consider building permanent courts in Garbatulla and Merti, which are currently served by mobile courts.

Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo said the new High Court would greatly improve access to justice, enabling the residents to have their matters resolved within their county as opposed to going all the way to Meru, about 50 km south of here in neighbouring Meru County.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK