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Solve conflicts traditionally, CJ Willy Mutunga tells Kenyans

26 March 2015, 14:14 Philomenah Chebet

Busia - Kenyans should seek alternative methods of solving conflicts rather than rushing to court, Chief Justice Dr. Willy Mutunga has said.

The Chief Justice said members of the public should embrace traditional ways of conflict resolution instead of jamming local law courts with cases.

Speaking in Malaba town in Busia County on Wednesday when he launched the construction of the Malaba Law Courts, Mutunga said the courts in the country are clogged with minor cases which has made dispensing of justice hard.

“There are thousands of pending cases in our courts, some which can be easily solved by council of elders. We have a limited number of judicial officials and the minor cases really drag us behind,” said Mutunga.

“I have never understood why a brother will take another to court over a small disagreement when the issue can be solved amicably by family members and relatives,” added the Chief Justice.

Read Also: Nyandarua County gets first court since independence

Dr Mutunga, who was accompanied by his deputy Kalpana Rawal said his office will establish more courts in counties in a bid to bring judicial services closer to members of the public.

Local Busia County leaders led by Governor Sospeter Ojaamong, Speaker Ben Wamalwa, his Deputy Moses Ote and Malaba Central MCA Ishmael Orodi were present at the function.

The law court at Malaba is the second one to be built in the County, after another one was set up Port Victoria law court whose construction is ongoing.

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