In its mission to enhance strong networking and collaboration with Kenya Prisons Service, Kituo successfully launched two prison justice centers, one at Nyeri Main (King’ong’o) GK Prison and another at Kakamega G.K. prison to advance access to justice. The two Centres joined the Kituo family in December 2016.
Kituo conducted one week training both in Nyeri Main (Kingongo) GK Prison and Kakamega G.K. prison from 13th to 20th and 16th to 22nd December 2016 respectively.
The 20th and 22nd days of December, 2016 marked the graduation dates for the participant as prison paralegals both from Nyeri and Kakamega G.K. prison respectively.
24 inmates and 11 prison warders from Kakamega G.K. Prison and 41 inmates and 7 prison warders from Nyeri G.K. prison were empowered with legal education on, Basics of Paralegalism, Introduction to Human Rights and Bill of Rights, Criminal Procedure Code Cap 75 Laws of Kenya, Powers of the Judiciary, Bail and Bond Guidelines, Trial procedures before Subordinate and High Court, Sentencing policy and Execution of judgments, Appeals process in the Lower courts and High court, Self-representation in criminal matters, Power of Mercy Act, The Prisons Act and Community Service Order and Provisions relating to criminal investigations and mode of taking and recording evidence during trial.
Both auspicious occasions were graced by Ms. Gertrude Angote,Kituo’s Executive Director and Kituo Board members Joy Asiema and Dr. Linda Musumba joined by other invited guests. Speakers at the ceremonies congratulated the graduating prison paralegals and urged them to offer legal aid to fellow inmates and serve the prison community. Ms. Angote also presented law books and various equipment needed to run the Justice centres.