Kituo Conducts Legal Aid and Awareness Forums in Kitui
Kituo Cha Sheria conducted free legal aid and awareness clinics in Kitui County from the 9th to 14th December 2019.The activities were undertaken in collaboration with Community paralegals from the Kitui Community Justice Centre and Volunteer Advocates based in Kitui. The events sought to promote a better understanding by the public of the law; pro bono legal services and legal aid as well as Kituo’s work and our role in the advancement of legal literacy and advocacy.
The Kitui Community Justice Centre paralegals took time to enlighten members of the public on Alternative Dispute Resolution methods in Kenya i.e. Mediation, Negotiation, Arbitration and Conciliation. ADR and Traditional Dispute Resolution Methods (TDRM) processes contribute to enhanced access to justice by all, and in particular among the poor people; enhanced access to justice also strengthens the rule of law. Public awareness sessions were also undertaken on land and environmental law with participants being taken through the new land laws, types of ownership in land, and an overview on the National Land Commission. The activities in Kitui County were led by the Advocacy, Governance and Community Partnerships (AGCP) programme coordinator Valarie Ang’awa.
Kituo Cha Sheria officers and community paralegals were later hosted at Syokimau FM for a Radio talk show in Kitui town. The main topic of discussion for the 3-days talkshows was access to justice and Kituo took the opportunity to re-introduce the M-HAKI service. An SMS legal information service that seeks to save clients time and money as they do not have to visit Kituo offices or the Justice centres to receive legal advice.