KITUO CHA SHERIA TRAINS AJS COMMISSIONERS AND ADJUDICATORS ON MEDIATION IN TRANS NZOIA COUNTY
Kituo Cha Sheria with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) conducted a 4-day training on mediation as a form of Alternative Justice Systems for AJS Commissioners and Adjudicators in Trans Nzoia County. The training which began on Monday 19th August 2019 took place at the Catholic Diocese-St. Immaculate Parish in Kitale ended on 22nd August 2019.
The activity was spearheaded Kituo advocates Valerie Angawa and Roy Kiarie together with Jolly Kathambi from GIZ who trained the participants on mediation which is an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) process in which a neutral third party, called a mediator, meets with the disputing parties in an attempt to help them reach an agreement that ends their conflict. The victims and offenders mediate and come to an agreement that is acceptable to all the parties in a process that also involves the community.
The process is in line with Article 159 (2) (c) of the Constitution of Kenya which recognizes mediation and encourages it as a form of dispute resolution to be applied in pursuit of justice. Mediation is intended to enhance access to justice for all and ensure speedy resolution of disputes while also creating an atmosphere of accommodation and tolerance and restore pre-dispute relationships.
This activity was a continuation of a refresher training program for Alternative Justice Systems Commissioners and Adjudicators in order to ensure efficiency of the Trans Nzoia AJS mechanism especially in settling post-election violence disputes and also empower the poor and the marginalized to access justice and realize human rights which is in line with KITUO’s core mandates.