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ZAMBIAN lawyer Dickson Jere has been elected as honorary secretary of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators-Zambia while his counterpart, Paulman Chungu is the new vice chairperson.

The institute is a branch of the UK-based Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, which was formed to promote alternative dispute resolution and provide a list of Arbitrators to resolve commercial disputes.

The institute elected a new leadership headed by Eng. Sussan Rattery who replaced High Court Judge William Mweemba who has retired after his term ended.

“Lusaka Lawyers, Paulman Chungu and Dickson Jere, were elected vice chairman and Honorary Secretary, respectively. The election took place at Cresta Golf View Hotel during the 8th annual general meeting attended by, among others, Supreme Court and a High Judges, as well as members of different professional bodies,” reads a statement in part.

Renowned hotelier Gaudesio Rossi won the committee member position while Kitwe-based accountant Emmanuel Mbambiko is the honorary treasurer.

Others in the new committee are Lusaka lawyers Ian Mabbolobbolo and Kazimbe Chenda.

Supreme Court Judge, Charles Kajimanga, told the meeting that it was important to try and help promote the arbitration process so that commercial disputes were resolved faster than taking matters to courts of law.

Judge Kajimanga encouraged the new executive to publicise the work of the institute so that Zambians could be aware that the fastest way of resolving commercial disputes was through arbitration unlike the court system which takes long to conclude cases.

In arbitration, unlike courts, parties to the dispute choose the adjudicators of their choice who should handle the cases and the process is confidential.

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