The County Government of Uasin Gishu has welcomed and pledged to support the establishment of Court-Annexed Mediation system in Eldoret City.
Speaking during a courtesy call by the Judiciary led by Chief Registrar of the Judiciary, Anne Amadi, the county Chief directed the Department of Lands and Housing and the office of the County attorney to find office premises where Court Annex Mediators will run their programs.
“We welcome this process because it will help in fast-tracking dispute resolution in very many court cases particularly in land matters that are held up in our courts. ”, Mandago said.
Governor pointed that out protracted land disputes in cases whose delays have hindered physical planning, the establishment of public facilities, infrastructure and urban development in the region.
While mentioning that his administration has provided land to the judiciary in Turbo sub-county, the governor asked the judiciary to liaise with the office of the county commissioner to reclaim a courtroom in Moiben Sub-County which is currently being used by National Police Service at Moiben police Post.
Court Annex Mediation was launched as an Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanism in 2016 to help in resolving protracted court cases nationwide some of which date back to the colonial era.
Chief Registrar Anne Amadi requested the governor to further support the mediation process by the provision of budgetary allocations.
“We have a small budget for mediators allowances being managed from Nairobi but the judiciary would benefit a lot in terms of efficiency if your administration would offer facilitation of local mediators so as to encourage them in their work”, Lady Justice Amadi said.
Later on, the governor and the judiciary team officially opened a plenary session between the Court Annex Mediation team and village elders from all locations of Uasin Gishu county. Village elders are critical personnel in alternative court mediation.
In the last two years, Court Annex Mediation has been used to resolve approximately 800 civil disputes thereby unlocking about Kshs. 700 million worth of property held up, especially in succession and ownership cases.
Uasin Gishu becomes the 7th out of ten counties where court Annexed Mediation programs will be set up. others are Nyeri, Kakamega, Kisumu, Kisii, Nakuru, Mombasa, Garissa Embu and Machakos counties.
“ We shall endeavour to ensure Court Annex Mediation has a permanent premise in Uasin Gishu because we are direct beneficiaries of faster and efficient dispute resolution mechanisms,” Governor Mandago said.
The courtesy call was also attended by Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno, Kisumu High court judge Fred Andago, Eldoret High court presiding judge Lady Justice Hellen Omondi, Eldoret Chief Magistrate Charles Obulutsa and County Attorney Stephen Lel.