6 March 2014

Kenya: Standards Tribunal Seeks to Hear KEBS Quality Disputes

THE Standards tribunal wants all pending cases before various courts related to disputes arising from standards set by Kenya Bureau of Standards to be referred to it.

Tribunal chairman Aggrey Shitsama said yesterday in Nairobi that he wrote to the Chief Justice Willy Mutunga early last month requesting that all unresolved disputes over standardisation be assumed by the five-member tribunal.

The rules for suits and procedures for their determination were approved by Industrialisation Secretary Adan Mohammed last August.

The tribunal was created in 2004 through an amendment to the Standards Act of 1973.

Its mandate is to adjudicate disputes by parties dissatisfied with decisions made by Kebs.

"Before we came into being, parties had to ventilate and used to go court," he said. "Now that we are there and we are the proper forum, those cases should come back."

Shitsama who was appointed in 2011 said he has since been setting up structures for the tribunal and has successfully pushed for appointment of four other tribunal members plus a legal counsel from the attorney general's office.

The volume of cases being filed before the tribunal, he said, was small with some months passing without a dispute.

This despite several disputes before various courts.

Other members of the tribunal are Benjamin Musyoki, Irene Magut, Julius Korir and Mwangi Wangeci, he said.

He spoke during the launch of a two-day workshop on the role of the tribunal in promoting the national industrialisation policy.

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