Welcome To Kituo Cha Sheria
Kituo Cha Sheria (KITUO) is a human rights non-governmental organization. It was founded on 9th July 1973 as Kituo cha Mashauri by advocates who were committed to helping the disadvantaged and poor people who could not afford the cost of legal services. It is the first legal aid Centre established in Kenya. In 1989, the name was changed to Kituo Cha Sheria, Legal Advice Centre, now “The Centre for Legal empowerment,” and a secretariat established with full time staff. KITUO is largely supported by development partners. The organization nonetheless gets support across the country from Volunteer advocates in terms of their professional services.
KITUO’s services are provided to the poor and marginalized through various strategies, which include but not limited to provision of legal advice, legal representation, litigation, and community mobilization and organization. KITUO’s headquarters is in Nairobi but has a branch office in Jogoo Road and a regional office in Mombasa.
To empower the poor and the marginalized people to effectively access justice and realize their human and people’s rights through; advocacy, networking, lobbying, legal aid, legal education, representation and research.
A Society of JUSTICE and EQUITY for All
Strengthening human resources development and management systems
In Taita Taveta county, Taveta Sub county to be specific the government bought land formerly belonging to Basil Criticos from National Bank of Kenya, after Mr. Criticos failed to service a loan facility he had taken from the Bank. The over 12,000 acres (Taveta Settlement Scheme) of land was to be distributed to squatters and other landless people in the area to mitigate the squatter problem. However, soon after in 2008 accusations and counter accusations of selective resettlement by the local administration. The community accused politicians and the administration of leaving out genuine squatters while giving land to the rich and powerful.
Kituo Cha Sheria’s Forced Migration Programme (FMP) staff carried out two legal aid clinics and public awareness initiatives beginning with the 17th April, 2015 in Githurai and the 22nd of April, 2015 at the Bethel Church Hall in Kasarani, Nairobi. The two-day activities were spearheaded by Kituo officers Joan Nyongesa, Julie Kemunto and Gloria Dzuya.
The legal aid clinics were targeted at the larger urban refugee community and the host communities for refugees living in Nairobi to address any issues raised as well as offer free legal advice.