The Centre for Alternative Dispute Resolution, CADR, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Kenya branch held a breakfast meeting with member of the Senate on 14th June at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi.
The Institute was led by the chairman, Mr. Calvin Nyachoti, along with the Vice chairman Sam Nderitu and other members of the branch committee most notably Senator Sylvia Kasanga, who was instrumental in putting this programme together and ensured its success by marshalling a large contingent of Senators to attend. Hon. Justice Kamau, Dr. Laibuta and Mr. Francis Kariuki were also on hand and sensitized and extolled the virtues of ADR to the Senators. The Session was very interactive and the interest from the senators was quite evident and indeed encouraging.
In recognition of the significant role devolution has played in the country for enhancing development, service delivery and transformation of the country, especially during the 2nd generation of the county governments’, Mr. Nyachoti urged the senators on the need to devolve ADR to the lowest level for the realisation of an economic led transformation of the counties. He assured the Senators of the Institute’s support towards their future endeavours.
The Speaker, Hon. Ken Lusaka noted that many counties are engaging in unnecessary and costly litigation at the expense of service delivery. The Senate seeks to promote ADR as a better means for settling inter county and intra-county disputes. ADR will ensure that costs are minimized and disputes are resolved amicably and expeditiously.
Going forward, Hon. Mutua Kilonzo Jr., who is also a member of the Institute, proposed to his colleagues to actively engage with the Chartered Institute to ensure that some of the pending policy issues arising from the implementation of devolution are resolved through ADR. This includes pending bills, such as the Intergovernmental ADR regulations, the proposed county own-source revenue enhancement policy and the county government revenue raising regulation, urban areas and cities(amendment) bills, amongst others.
The Institute wishes to give thanks to the Speaker of the Senate, Hon. Ken Lusaka and the Majority Leader Hon Kipchumba Murkomen, for hosting the breakfast and giving the Institute the chance to interact and promote ADR with the leaders. Special thanks also go out to all the members of the institute who took time off and came out to support this initiative.