KISUMU, Kenya, Apr 22 – Kiambu Governor William Kabogo is urging Kenyans to embrace alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.
Kabogo who spoke at the ongoing 2nd National Devolution Conference in Kisumu, Kabogo noted that courts were overwhelmed by the number of cases before them.
“We know that at some time or some point, the Legislature goes to legislate and make laws to sort out some of those disputes which sometimes are political. I however would want to urge you to look towards alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to ease the burden put on the courts,” he stated.
He underscored the need for dialogue to come up with a mechanism to resolve disputes in an amicable manner.
“How then does the (County) Assembly or the Senate come in to make laws on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms where they themselves are party to the dispute? That is something that needs to be looked at… the number of cases that are in court between county governments and the national government vis-a-vis other departments are huge,” he stated.
During the conference, Kabogo chaired a panel deliberating on entrenching the rule of law and conflict resolution mechanisms where alternative ways of building consensus in the devolved system of governance was also considered.
“Tribunals, arbitrations and out of court settlements have greatly reduced the backlog in our courts and Kenyans should embrace it. This will foster peace and harmony in the society,” he said.
The governor further emphasised the need for leaders to promote the respect of rule of law saying that if laws are made to be broken then chaos would reign.
Kabogo was backed by Otiende Amollo the Chairperson of the Commission on Administrative Justice who called upon the Senate and Counties to implement alternative conflict resolution mechanisms so as not to threaten devolution.
“We need a clear mechanism on inter-governmental disputes. Senators must bring issues affecting devolution in counties to the Senate,” Amollo stated.