Kituo cha Sheria was in Turkana County to introduce the M-Haki service to residents in promoting access to legal information. M-Haki-‘Haki Mkononi’ is the use of SMS technology to disseminate legal information to clients. The week-long activities took place from the 23rd to the 28th January 2017 in Lokichar, Kainuk and Lodwar-Turkana County. Apart from introducing M-Haki to residents in the expansive county; Kituo had the opportunity to offer free legal advice by conducting legal aid clinics on location with Lodwar-based Kituo Volunteer Advocate Daniel Ondabu.
While in Tukana County, Kituo also carried out advocacy work with the Community Land Act 2016 forming the basis of Kituo’s engagement with community members . This was done during public forums and radio talk-shows on Radio Akicha, a community radio station in Lodwar.
The Community Land Act which commenced in September, 2016 provides for the recognition, protection and registration of community land rights administration and management of community land. The Act was especially appropriate for the community in Turkana and while it provided the basis for the legal awareness and education forums the discussions drew sharp reactions among the participants in all the locations Kituo visited.
The participants at the various forums were unanimous that M-Haki was a good initiative that would ultimately help them access justice. They promised to spread word about the service to others who were not reached within the region while also giving the various challenges unique to the county. Kituo officers in the field led by AGCP’s Marcelino Waithaka, Boniface Muinde, Jairo Sila and Anthony Kinyua also met with paralegals at the Turkana Community Justice Centre in Lokichar.