During the week of 11th-15th October, 2016 Kituo Cha Sheria (Kituo) was in Kitui County for a series of activities. Through the support of the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi Kituo conducted M-Haki market research and awareness, trained volunteer advocates and community paralegals in Kitui together with various radio talk-shows.
The Kitui Region Community M-Haki piloting sessions and market research were held on 11th October, 2016 with community paralegals from Kitui, Mwingi and Mutomo at Talents Hotel in Kitui. The sessions held in Kitui introduced 25 community paralegals in the region to the M-Haki platform and served Kituo in gathering information on the situational analysis of legal justice in the region from their point of view.
On 12th October, 2016 at the Talents Hotel in Kitui; Kituo had the opportunity to engage about 40 community members from the region on the M-Haki platform as well as getting their views on matters access to justice in the region. Present on this day included community leaders who included village administrators, chiefs, women and youth leaders.
On the 13th October 2016 Kituo cha Sheria again conducted a volunteer advocates’ training on M-Haki at Talents Hotel in Kitui. Present at the training were advocates who volunteer their professional services from Kitui and Mwingi towns. Kituo’s Executive Director Ms. Gertrude Angote encouraged the advocates to continue partnering with Kituo as key stakeholders in promoting access to justice for all. The advocates lauded the innovative thinking behind the M-Haki platform in delivering legal information to the poor and marginalized people in society.
The volunteer advocates joined Kituo for a FREE legal aid clinic at the African Brotherhood Church in Kitui town on the 14th October, 2016. The legal aid clinic saw enthusiastic members of the public with various legal problems turn up to be advised. Various cases were brought forth by those attending including issues of land, labour, succession, sexual gender based violence and human rights. The legal aid activity was a success with the collaboration of the advocates led by the Kitui Bar Chairman Mr. Japheth Mwalimu and Kituo’s lawyer John Mwariri.
Other successful outreach activities included 3 radio talk shows across the week meant to create further awareness on the M-Haki platform and the realization of an increased number of people using the service. The successful radio programs were conducted at Syokimau FM and County FM radio stations broadcasting out of Kitui Town.
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