Kituo Cha Sheria in collaboration with American Jews World Service (AJWS) and the Malindi Rights Forum conducted a paralegal training in Marereni Location, Adu Ward, Magarini Sub County, Kilifi County from 2nd to 5th August 2016.
The training was aimed at equipping suitable members of the Community with basic legal knowledge to enable them run a Justice Centre in Marereni. From the training, a total of 30 participants, 17 women and 13 men, benefited.
The training was mainly conducted by staff of Kituo Cha Sheria and volunteer advocates working closely with Kituo Cha Sheria in Malindi region. During the period, the following topics were covered; introduction to paralegal studies; Land and Environment; Introduction to the law; the Constitution and Human Rights law; Client interview; Family law; Children law; Crime and criminal law; Criminal procedure process; Labour Law and Labour relations amongst others.
The graduation ceremony for the trained paralegals was graced by Ms. Payal Patel, Programme Officer Natural Resource Rights-Anglophone Africa (AJWS) and Ms. Gertrude Angote, Executive Director-Kituo Cha Sheria.
On 6th August 2016, the trainees and Kituo Staff proceeded to hold Legal Aid exercise in Marereni at Malindi Rights Forum’s compound where the community benefited.
The beneficiaries from the training shall work closely with Kituo Cha Sheria and the Malindi Rights Forum to ensure enhanced access to justice for local people in the area.
The recent history of Marereni salt belt is marred with tales of abuses of human rights and numerous land related injustices. The step of establishing a Justice Centre in the region is thus intended to ensure sustainable solutions of injustices to the locals in the region.