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Kituo at 43‬!

Kituo Cha Sheria marked its 43rd birthday Wednesday, 6th 2016 at the Fairmont Norfolk hotel, Nairobi. The event which was full of pomp and color saw various dignitaries attend the occasion whose theme was, “Use of mobile technology in promoting access to justice”
In line with the day’s theme; Kituo through the Advocacy Governance and Community partnership’s programme coordinators, Ms. Aimee Ongeso, gave a presentation on M-haki, a mobile platform where a client sends an SMS to 0700777333 stating their legal problem and receives legal advice within 48 hours.
Ms. Gertrude Angote, the organization’s Executive Director welcomed all the guests and reiterated that M-haki would ensure affordable and reliable access to justice especially on the less fortunate. She said that clients will not have to travel all the way from far regions like Turkana to Kituo offices for legal advice, but they would simply send an SMS and receive the necessary legal advice. She noted that there are many times where Kituo clients, who are poor, struggle to make it to the office only at times to receive very general information. This will easily be handled by M-haki..
Kituo founder members Stephen Adere and Justice Mary Ang’awa, together with other guests welcomed the M-haki technology saying that it is a good move by Kituo in terms of access to justice. “I am always very happy when I hear that Kituo is doing something to help the needy” said Adere.
The Chief guest was Ms Frances Singleton from Hiil Institute a justice technology innovation centre in Netherlands. She gave a presentation on introducing innovation to the justice system and said they have introduced an online forum to be used by those seeking divorce settlements. She also explained the steps required to establishing justice innovation.
Participants from other organizations were also present to showcase how they had embraced technology in access of certain services. This they did through PowerPoint presentations. Among them was: Harris Dindi who presented the M-health technology, Keziah Waweru from the International Republican Institute who presented the use of ‘Toa Maoni’ technology, a platform on civic education and governance. Linda Ikenye from Haki Jamii showcased how they are using mobile technology to track and prevent evictions. Others were; Stacy Gitau from Ushindi Forum and Gertrude Asango from the Judiciary whose presentations was about use of technology in provision of services and promotion of social justice respectively.
The day ended with the Chief guest and the Executive Director cutting a birthday cake that was shared to all the participants.

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