Trans Nzoia Residents Seek Solutions to Land Disputes, Faster Court Resolutions.

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Residents of Trans Nzoia are grappling with land disputes and lengthy court cases, according to officials who gathered for a judiciary open day.

County Secretary Truphosa Amere highlighted the prevalence of land disagreements, stating that eight out of ten cases brought to her office daily concern land matters.

She called for collaboration between the county government and the judiciary to ensure smoother access to justice.

Amere pointed to a recent incident where two men died during a land-related eviction, emphasizing the need for humane enforcement of court orders.

She advocated for a closer working relationship between the county and the judiciary to prevent such tragedies.

Janerose Nasimiyu Mutama, the County Executive Committee member for Lands, Physical Planning, Housing and Urban Development, emphasized the backlog of land cases in courts.

She urged the judiciary to consider alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, such as mediation, to expedite settlements.

Justice Fred Nyagaka, a Kitale High Court judge, acknowledged the challenges and expressed support for alternative dispute resolution.

He highlighted Governor George Natembeya’s backing for such systems and the court’s willingness to involve elders in resolving suitable cases.

Nyagaka explained the judiciary’s efforts to improve efficiency, aiming to conclude land and environment cases within a year. However, he acknowledged delays due to unforeseen circumstances.

Justice Anthony Murima, another Kitale High Court judge, emphasized the importance of public awareness about alternative dispute resolution options. He encouraged residents to embrace mediation to reduce the court case backlog.

The open day, themed “Enhancing Access to Justice Through Alternative Dispute Resolution Systems,” aimed to educate the community about these options and the judiciary’s efforts to improve access to justice.

Murima also noted the availability of online court proceedings, allowing residents to follow cases remotely and avoid lengthy journeys.

The meeting was also graced by the Kitale chief magistrate E.L Kasan and Trans Nzoia County attorney Charlse Wabwoba.

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