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Community Land Committee trained on Alternative Justice System

Members of the Turkana South and East Community Land Management Committee (CMLC) have undergone training on the application of the Alternative Justice System as a tool for resolving land-related conflicts in the areas.

The three-day training was organised by the County Government in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Trainees were drawn from the six communities of Lomunyenkupurat, Kapese, Nakukulas, Lokichar, Loperot, and Kasuroi.

Turkana is one of the first counties to embrace and entrench the Alternative Justice System (AJS) and has a fully established functional team of jurists under the chairmanship of Yusuf Aremon.

The Chief Officer for Lands and Physical Planning, Leah Losiru, urged the trainees to refer to past cases that were successfully resolved by the AJS system to learn practical application.

“You have now been exposed to the AJS legal and administrative frameworks, and you now have a duty to examine past cases resolved by AJS to learn more skills to apply in conflict resolution,” said Chief Officer Leah.

The AJS Chair assured the trainees of his readiness to offer further mentorship and continuous engagement in the resolution of land-related conflicts.

The training exposed the CMLC members to dispute resolution mechanisms, provisions of the National Land Policy, natural resource management, and membership in the AJS system, among others.

The Turkana Central Assistant County Commissioner, Michael Kiguta, and representatives of the County Attorney office were present.

By Peter Gitonga

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