A seven (7) member MSE Tribunal is provided for by the law to settle MSE disputes. Its members shall include: two (2) judges of the High (Supreme) Court nominated by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) to serve as chairperson and vice chairperson; one (1) a qualified advocate of the High (Supreme) Court with seven (7) years experience nominated by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), two (2) advocates with experience in MSE matters appointed by the Cabinet Secretary, one (1) of whom shall serve as the secretary, and two (2) persons with skills in management of MSEs appointed by the Cabinet Secretary.  

For the MSE Tribunal to take up a matter, the party or person that feels they have been treated unfairly shall apply to it in writing. A matter relating to this MSE Act can also be referred to the MSE Tribunal by the MSE Authority. After they receive the matter, the MSE Tribunal shall investigate the matter and determine an award, give directions, give orders, or make decisions, and notify the concerned parties. The MSE Tribunal shall sit at such times and in such places as it may appoint. The proceedings of the MSE Tribunal shall be open to the public except where, for good reasons, the MSE Tribunal directs otherwise. Where the MSE Tribunal with costs, it shall issue a decree inclusive of penalties for non-compliance, which shall be enforceable as a decree of a law court in Kenya. 

IMPORTANT! To show contempt to the MSE Tribunal or its rulings is like showing contempt to any other Kenyan Court! Any person or party that feels they have been treated unfairly by the MSE Registrar or other parties has the right to appeal to the MSE Tribunal. If they are not satisfied with the ruling of the MSE Tribunal, they have the right to appeal to the High (Supreme) Court within 30 days. No decision of the MSE Tribunal shall be enforced while the High (Supreme) Court Appeal has begun. The ruling of the High (Supreme) Court on an appeal against a decision by the MSE Tribunal shall be final.

About Us

The Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA) is a new state corporation established under the Micro and Small Enterprise Act No. 55 of 2012. The Act was developed through a stakeholder’s consultation process which took several years. The Authority is now domiciled in the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development.


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