A long-standing land ownership dispute that had pitted two families against each other in Kanamkemer has finally been resolved through the recently launched Alternative Justice System (AJS).
The AJS, chaired by Sheikh Yusuf Aremon, delivered its verdict at the County Lands Headquarters, after successfully reviewing documentation and hearing the claims from each party.
The ruling has been hailed as a milestone and a significant step. It serves as a reference for future cases.
Speaking on the matter, County Executive Committee Member, Peter Akono emphasised that his Department is collaborating with the County Attorney’s Office and relevant entities of the National Government to ensure Turkana has a fully functional AJS infrastructure.
He reiterated the county’s commitment to reducing and ultimately eliminating land ownership-related disputes through a rigorous document vetting process and the utilization of the available infrastructure.
Highlighting the legal standing of the AJS, CECM called upon the public to support the Aremon-led outfit, by providing vital information that may aid in the execution of their mandate.
In a spirit of reconciliation, both parties involved in the dispute accepted the verdict and pledged to continue living in peace, demonstrating good neighborliness and respect for the law.
The landmark resolution comes just one month after the County Attorney’s office spearheaded the formation of the AJS entity in Turkana.
The recent visit by Kenya’s Chief Justice Martha Koome underlined the importance of alternative dispute-resolution mechanisms in Turkana.
Chief Officer Leah Losiru (Lands, Physical Planning and Housing) Benjamin Ekutan, Haji Mude, John Lotiir, and Dorcas Lolem (Lands Administrator) were present in the meeting.