Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago has urged the justice department to make use of village elders in entrenching court-annexed mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
“In Uasin Gishu county alone, we have 2800 village elders. When you roll out training and sensitization, please involve village elders. They are key actors in mediation itself and they will guarantee sensitization in the grassroots.” Mandago said.
The Governor was speaking during the official launch of Court-Annexed Mediation Registry at Eldoret Law Courts.
His comments were in response to frustrations expressed by the Law Society of Kenya, Eldoret Chapter chair Mr. Zephania Yego who decried that the public tend not to trust mediations and out of court settlements.
Speaking during the event, the deputy registrar Milimani High Court Ms Caroline Kendagor said that Court-annexed mediation has enhanced the ease of doing business by settling civil disputes thereby releasing monies into the economy.
“Since Court-Annexed Mediation began we have unlocked Kshs 4 Billion held up in litigation into the country’s economy. Most of these we being disputed in family disputes over the property as well as disagreements in business contracts”, Ms. Kendagor said.
Mandago further urged residents to embrace mediation especially in solving cases touching on child support.
While lauding the Judiciary for setting up Court Annexed mediation Registry in Eldoret, the Governor directed his administration to move with speed and use this process to solve pending matters that otherwise hinder urban planning and use of public resources.
The Court Annex Mediation Registry is now officially on session in Uasin Gishu County.