Siaya area resident’s judge, Justice Roseline Aburili has urged locals to embrace alternative dispute resolution mechanisms to avert the loss of lives.
This follows an increase in murder cases at the Siaya high court which are a result of land disputes which she attributed to unnecessary anger especially by the youths.
Speaking at Usigu in Bondo Sub County during the groundbreaking ceremony of a court building, Aburili called upon the residents to control their anger whenever faced with such challenges instead of taking the law into their hands.
Lady justice Aburili noted that, in order to address the challenges related to succession and land disputes, the Legal Resources Foundation is going to help them establish an Environment and Land Court Users Committee to help in sensitizing the public on matters of land and succession.
The Siaya High Court Judge further advised the disagreeing parties to adapt to solving cases outside the court so as to reduce the backlog of cases in their respective courts.
Bondo MP Gideon Ochanda who was present at the function, called on the need for a review of the criminal justice system to find a way through which the courts can be taking care of state witnesses
He further blamed courts for failing to sponsor most state witnesses who are often forced to use their own resources while going to testify in courts which is the court’s responsibility.