Name: Gordon Ogola
Status: WMO Mediator
Entry Date: 04/03/2019
City / Country: Nakuru / Kenya
My expertise and field of action: I am a practicing litigation lawyer and mediator at Kipkoech Advocates.
My professional vision as WMO FELLOW: Even though mediation is a very old phenomenon in the African society, the practise appears to be dying with the loss some cultures through modernity. In the olden days before the west came to Africa with the adversarial court systems, each culture had its own ways of resolving conflicts and which were mainly in the form of mediation. the advent of formal mediation process in Kenya, for example, has come with lots of significant challenges. there is a general belief that attending a forty-hour training is enough to make one a mediator as a result of which we have hundreds of people masquerading as professional mediators. Most of the trainings as designed do not equip one with the necessary skills and knowledge especially the understanding of the phenomenon of conflict. My vision is to raise awareness and add to the stock of knowledge available to train and breed wholesome conflict practitioners. I would want to be part of the professional conflict practitioners whose goals are to make our world a better place to live in.
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