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Executive Director Gertrude Angote

Angote Nyausi Gertrude is a lawyer, currently the Executive Director, at Kituo cha Sheria ( Legal Advice Centre), the oldest legal aid providing Non-Governmental Organization in Kenya. Its mission is to empower the poor and marginalized people towards access to justice.She is a social transformation advocate and has been in the forefront in litigating, agitating and advocating towards the vision of access to justice for all. Angote is currently a Council Member of the Law Society of Kenya, and an LLM Student at the University of Nairobi. She is a trained trial advocacy teacher from the University of Washington. She is currently engaged as faculty member and a part time litigation lecturer at the Kenya School of Law. Angote was admitted to the bar on 12th of October 2006. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya of 6 years standing. She specializes in the area of Human Rights, by choice and believes in equal access to justice and upholding of human dignity.

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Coordinator, Finance and Administration Department Sylvia Owuor

Sylvia is a certified accountant and member of the Institute of Public Certified Accountants of Kenya (CPAK). She holds an MBA from Kenyatta University(specialized in accounting). She joined Kituo in September 2008. Sylvia has ten years of experience as an accountant/finance officer in NGOs. Sylvia has led financial reviews and ensured compliance in multi-donor environments. Her training and practical experience includes financial accounting, management, and analysis for critical management decision-making, grants management and donor reporting.

Sylvia currently serves as the Coordinator, Finance and Administration Department at Kituo Head Office in Nairobi.

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Forced Migration Programme Coordinator Clara Barasa

Clara Barasa is the Coordinator, Forced Migration Programme (FMP) at Kituo cha Sheria where she provides legal intervention on behalf of refugees. Clara is a practicing advocate of the High Court of Kenya and an Arbitrator with a keen interest in access to justice in the human rights field. She undertook a Bachelor of Laws at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) and proceeded to the Kenya School of Law for a Postgraduate Diploma. She has been involved in gender, children and person with disabilities rights in Kenya and in Tanzania. She has given lectures on refugee law at CUEA, Kabarak and Riara universities and trained police officers at the Kiganjo and Embakasi training schools. When she is not in court or conducting trainings, she loves to read, hike and travel. She aims to be amongst the top public interest litigators in the country.

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Coordinator, Mombasa Regional Office Annette Mbogoh

Annette Mbogoh is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya (Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) University of Nairobi)and Gender and Women’s Human Rights Specialist (Masters in Women’s Law Degree (MWL), Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Women’s Law-University of Zimbabwe).Annette joined Kituo cha Sheria in October 2009 as a legal officer and currently serves as the Coordinator at Kituo’s Regional office in Mombasa.

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Coordinator, Research Communication and Knowledge Management Tobias Mwadime

Holder of a Masters in Information Systems (MIS) from IOTA – Australia, Certificate in Computer Systems Engineering & Personal Computer Systems Network Designer from the University of the Ryukyus & Okinawa International Centre in Japan,Higher National Diploma in Computer Science and a Diploma in Electronic Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT). Has many years of experience in Information systems management, Computer Systems Network Design &Management, Databases, Systems analysis and general IT business after working at JKUAT and now at Kituo Cha Sheria.

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ACTING PROGRAMME COORDINATOR
ADVOCACY, GOVERNANCE AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME
Faith Ochieng

Faith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Integrated Community Development with a post graduate diploma in governance development studies. Faith has over 6 years of experience in Human rights/development sector. Faith has vast experience in research, community development, project management, Capacity building, Monitoring evaluation and learning, voter education, advocacy and fund raising. Besides serving as a Programme Officer at Kituo Cha Sheria, she is a volunteer member at Amnesty International Kenya office and contributes towards demanding dignity campaigns.

Faith has contributed immensely to Kituo Cha Sheria publications such as “Know your land rights”, “Practical Citizen Participation in budget process”, Mfumo wa Ugatuzi wa Serekali Kenya (Devolved System of Government in Kenya). She is currently pursuing a masters course in International development studies.

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Administrator, Legal Aid and Education Programme Nathan M. Kivungi

Kivungi is a holder of Higher Diploma in Counseling Psychology from Foundation Institute of Africa. A Process-Server of the High Court of Kenya, Joined Law firms in 1976. Had worked with various law firms before joining Kituo Cha Sheria in 1996. He has a wealth of experience specializing in Civil Procedure, Succession law, Criminal law and issues of Human rights. He is also a Pastor with the African Inland Church of Kenya in Machakos County.

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Program Officer, AGCP. Marcelino Waithaka

Marcelino joined Kituo Cha Sheria in June 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Nairobi plus a post graduate diploma in Shipping from the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (United Kingdom) and post graduate certificate in Maritime studies from Bandari College, Mombasa.Marcelino has vast experience in Project management and implementation. Prior to joining Kituo, he worked with Catholic Archdiocese of Mombasa as a Justice and Peace project officer and Coordinator for eleven years. He has implemented human rights advocacy and peace building projects within Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Mombasa, Taita Taveta and Nairobi Counties. Marcelino has also benefitted from extensive training in monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning (MERL), data quality management, resource mobilization, finance and grants management and peace building and conflict management.
Marcelino’s professional goal is to advance his experience and skills in community development, advocacy and peace building within a professional environment whilst empowering community members advocate for their civil, political and socioeconomic rights.

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Legal Officer John Mwariri

John is a holder of Bachelor of laws degree from Moi University. He is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Certified Public Accountant (CPA-K) and Certified Public Secretary (CPS-K).

He has previously worked at the firm of Mirugi Kariuki & Co. Advocates. His career in the human rights field started at the Kenya Human Rights Commission before joining the Law Society of Kenya.  He is currently practicing law at Kituo Cha Sheria where he specializes in civil litigation, succession, labour and human rights litigation.

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Legal/Program Officer Valarie Ang'awa

Valarie is a holder of Bachelor of laws degree from Moi University. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya; admitted to the bar in December 2014. Valarie started her career in the legal field in 2016 when she joined A. Obuk & Co. Advocates in Mombasa in January 2016 before joining Kituo cha Sheria in December 2016 as a legal officer.

Valarie has interest in criminal law, children’s rights, civil litigation, succession, labour and human rights litigation. She specializes in the area of human rights, and believes in equal access to justice and upholding of human dignity for all communities. She currently works in the Advocacy, Governance and Community Partnerships Department in the Mombasa Regional office.

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Legal/Program Officer Zedekiah Adika

Zedekiah Adika holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Law (ATP) from Kenya School of Law having graduated in 2013.He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi in 2011. Previously, he attained International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL 1 and 2) from Institute of Advance Technology at Mombasa College. Adika has previously worked with the Commission on Administrative Justice (CAJ), FIDA-Kenya and CLEAR Kenya-Mombasa Office. He joined Kituo in 2016 where he serves under the Advocacy, Governance and Community Partnerships Programme in the Mombasa Regional office.

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Administrative Assistant Jairo Ounza

Ounza has worked at Kituo Cha Sheria since 11th January 1996. Before he worked in Somalia with the United Nations during Operation Restore Hope under Morris suppliers (SomaAustria Company). He holds a Diploma in Information science from Kenya Polytechnic.

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Legal Assistant Boniface Mutie Muinde

Muinde is a process server of the High Court of Kenya. He is awaiting to complete Paralegal Diploma in Kenya School of Law, joined Advocate’s Law firm in 1992 until 2005 when he joined Kituo Cha Sheria. He has vast experience in Civil Procedure,Criminal, Succession and Conveyancing.

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Legal Assistant, FMP Gloria Dzuya

Gloria holds Diplomas in Law from both the Kenya School of Law and the Mount Kenya University.  She is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Law Degree at the Mount Kenya University. An authorized process server of the High Court of Kenya. She has extensive Civil, Criminal, Succession Law, Conveyancing, Refugee Law and Gender based Violence experiences.  She has over 12 years’ experience in the field.

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Accountant Brenda Kemunto

Brenda Kemunto is a holder of Bachelor of Commerce (Finance option) from the University of Nairobi. She joined Kituo Cha Sheria in January, 2015 as an assistant accountant.

Brenda has a wealth of experience in accounting and financial management. She is tasked with aligning programme activities with financial initiatives to ensure completion of activities within set budget controls. She is also charged with developing and ensuring financial processes and controls, analysis, reporting and support.

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Psycho-social Counselor Emmah Nguli

Emmah Nguli is currently employed as a Psychosocial Counselor at Kituo Cha Sheria in the Forced Migration Program(FMP) under the Mental Health and Psycho-social Support program. She is a holder of a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Daystar University. She joined Kituo in September 2016. Emmah is a member of the Kenya Counseling and Psychological Association.

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Driver Imoli Shivega

Imoli has worked at Kituo Cha Sheria since 1996. Before, he worked for French Embassy and Belariux Foundation as a driver. Due to his vast experience in driving and mechanics, Mr. Imoli currently serves Kituo Cha Sheria as the Transport Manager.

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Security Officer Monyoncho N. John

John has studied Criminology, Safety and Risk Management and has vast experience in security matters having worked for other firms in the region before joining Kituo. He believes in social justice, transformation and equity for all especially the disenfranchised and marginalized people in society. John describes himself as a trustworthy, tough and principled worker keen on creating create a level of protection that mitigates vulnerabilities and threats to the organization.

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Security Officer Stanley Rono

Rono is a security expert. Has had a wider and wealthier experience in both Security Risks and safety management.His security expertize begun in 2005 where he worked as a security officer in Cornerstone security limited until 2008 where he later moved to Lavington security limited for one year. Rono joined Kituo Cha Sheria in the year 2009 where he continues to execute his vast experience in Security profession to date.

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Driver/ Office assistant Benard Ouko

Benard’s vast experience begins in 2002. He worked as the receptionist/ Storekeeper at National Water office. He has worked in Mercury and Cornerstone Security firms among other security firms. He joined Kituo Cha Sheria in April, 2007 and has been working as the head of security until April 2014. He is currently working in Kituo Cha Sheria as the Driver/ Office Assistant.

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Accountant Philip Wanjohi

Wanjohi is a holder of Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting option) from the University of Nairobi. He joined Kituo Cha Sheria in February, 2012 as an assistant accountant. He has since become an expert in grant management with more than 4 years experience working with various partners.

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Caretaker Mary Juma

Mary joined Kituo Cha Sheria as a volunteer in 2009 and later confirmed as an office messenger and caretaker at Kituo Cha Sheria’s Jogoo Road Office in 2011. She is currently executing her duties of ensuring cleanliness and staff logistics are upheld at Kituo Cha Sheria’s main office, Nairobi. Juma finds pleasure in her work, respect for all is her motivational drive. She believes in giving to others especially the poor in whatever way she can, no one has ever become poor by giving she supposes. Juma has pursued certificate in Computer Studies and has attended various paralegal trainings with Kituo Cha Sheria.

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Assistant Program Officer-AGCP Samantha Oswago

Samantha is a graduate from the University of Nairobi School of Law. She is done with the Advocates Training Programme (ATP) at the Kenya School of Law and also has additional training in Trial Advocacy.

Samantha currently practices at Kituo cha Sheria working in the Advocacy, Governance and Community Partnerships (AGCP) department under the M-Haki project as well as other community development and access to justice programs.

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