KITUO CONDUCTS LEGAL AID CLINICS IN KISUMU COUNTY
Kituo cha Sheria in partnership with the Nyando Community Justice Centre conducted successful legal aid clinics and community outreach forums in Kisumu County. The activities were held from the 21st-23rd February 2019 in Kibos, Ahero and Muhoroni; Kisumu County. The Kibos Nubian Nursery School Compound was the first venue to host the activity in a series of 3 legal clinics and community outreach forums to be conducted in conjunction with the Nyando Community Justice Centre. The activities involved local government administration officials and community paralegals in mobilization for the legal clinics as well as civic education on pertinent issues.
During the events also held at Ahero Nyabende Support Programme Hall near Ahero Police Station and Muhoroni’s Kamukunji Grounds; about 300 clients were guided and offered legal aid on matters ranging from labour, land and succession, arbitrary police arrests and child maintenance.
Also happening in conjunction with the legal aid clinic and community outreach forums in the various Kisumu Sub-Counties was a radio talkshow on Kisumu’s Radio Nam Lolwe-97.3FM. During the activities in Kisumu County Kituo was also encouraging people from the region to embrace M-Haki- ‘Haki Mkononi’ (SMS 0700777333) as a convenient mode of access to justice brought right to their phones. As an advocacy tool, M-Haki is also used by Kituo advocates, paralegals from community justice centers to build their capacity on legal issues and create awareness among the general public on how to access the service directly. Kituo’s Advocacy Governance and Community Partnerships (AGCP) Programme coordinator, Valarie Ang’awa and programme officer Samantha Oswago implemented this activity under the promoting access to justice for the poor and marginalized project supported by the Royal Dutch Embassy.