Kituo Cha Sheria in partnership with the Kamukunji Community Empowerment Justice Centre and the Kamukunji Sub-County Gender and Children offices held a three-day legal aid and awareness fora in Kamukunji, Nairobi County from 29th-31st July 2019. The activities which were held in three wards-Pumwani, Eastleigh North and Shauri Moyo were informed by the necessity to increase legal awareness among members of the community and also to inform them of their rights and responsibilities especially on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Extra-Judicial Executions.
This is because Kamukunji Sub-County has been experiencing an increase in crime and human rights violations due to the socio-economic, cultural and political meltdown in the area. Most cases such as labor, landlord/tenant conflicts, sexual and gender-based violence, and extrajudicial killings are rarely reported to the authorities and this has led to the cases becoming even more rampant.
The activities aimed at creating public awareness on the Bill of Rights, sensitize the community on access to justice as provided under the Legal Aid Act 2016, increase accountability among the law enforcement agencies and to increase public awareness of the M-Haki platform (SMS 0700777333). The activity also sought to provide free legal aid services and to get information on any possible Public Interest Litigation cases that Kituo Cha Sheria may take on for further action.
The ree legal aid clinics were spearheaded by Kituo advocates Ms. Martha Ogutu and Ms. Janet Machoka who led other volunteer advocates and paralegals from the Kamukunji Community Justice Centre. The lawyers provided free legal advice to around 200 clients who turned up with diverse legal problems with most cases revolving around issues to do with labour, Identification, and police harassment and clients were able to get appropriate legal directions.
KITUO conducts regular legal aid and awareness fora in different parts of the country intending to promote access to justice for the poor and marginalized members of the community in line with the core mandates and vision of a society of justice and equity for all.