KITUO CONDUCTS HANDOVER CEREMONY FOR THE AJS PROJECT
Kituo Cha Sheria on Thursday 25th October, 2018 conducted a successful handover ceremony for the Alternative Justice System (AJS) Baraza La Uwiano (Maridhiano), Nzoia Chapter. Kituo was handing over the project to the community to continue with the great work in promoting access to justice using alternative community based approaches.
Kituo Cha Sheria has been implementing the AJS project since 2015. Through the project, Kituo continues to lead conversations with survivors of the 2007-2008 Post Election Violence (PEV) across the regions that were heavily affected by the 2007-2008 PEV. The aim is to offer redress to crimes against property ownership and molding a safe platform of solving 2007/2008 PEV disputes arising between parties without recourse to the courts to achieve peace, justice and reconciliation amongst the communities. To date Kituo has conducted a series of workshops in order to build the capacity of Commissioners (composed of PEV victims and offenders, village elders, women, youth, persons living with disabilities, religious leaders and community representatives). Adjudicators (respected community members who were selected through a consultative process by the community) have also been trained on the use of negotiation, mediation and non-violent Communication in Conflict Resolution. After a successful piloting of the project, Kituo Cha Sheria has now handed over the AJS project to the community living in Uasin Gishu, Trans-Nzoia and Kisumu Counties. Kitale Law Courts Chief Magistrate Hon. Valentine Wandera and Kituo’s AGM member Mr. Oketch Owiti attended the handover ceremony as chief guests. The Alternative Justice System (AJS) Nzoia Chapter is a project which has been spearheaded by a dedicated team of Kituo officers Mr. Jack Odiwa and Martha Ogutu since its inception.