Kituo cha Sheria on the 16th December 2016 successfully launched M-Haki-Haki Mkononi- Kituo’s SMS legal advice service at the Amber Hotel, along Ngong Road, Nairobi. The well-attended and colorful launch was graced by community members drawn from accross the country who have interacted with Kituo as well members of Kituo’s apex leadership including AGM members and the Board of Directors.
The Chief Guest Ms. Marielle Geraedts, the Deputy Head of Mission, of The Royal Netherlands Embassy was joined by Kituo’s Board Chair Advocate Anthony Mulekyo, Linda Musumba-BoD member, Esther Passaris, Advocate Jennifer Shamalla and Kituo’s Executive Director Gertrude Angote at the launch.
Presentation at the launch included by Dr. Dorice Agol who presented a rport on the findings of market research on M-Haki and a presentation on the Changing Dynamics in legal Practice by Gertrude Matata, representing the ICT committee of the Law Society of Kenya. Kituo’s Programme manager Faith Ochieng demonstrated how the M-Haki platform runs to those present at the launch.
Speaking during the launch Dr. Musumba emphasized M-Haki’s intent to change the lives of poor Kenyans unable to access justice through this innovative platform that will reach people from where they are.
Kituo’s ED, Gertrude Angote said that the M-Haki service was designed with members of the public in mind; people who previously had to travel long distances to get access to justice in court and those who cannot afford lawyers for legal information now have this platform available to them.
“Kituo exists to empower the poor and marginalized to access Justice”, she said.
“M-Haki can be used to promote legal awareness on human rights and access to justice issues, to strengthen the existing strategies of ensuring that we get access to justice, to strengthen the justice centres of Kituo in the different parts of the country and advocate for policy change using the data collected through the platform” ,said Ms. Angote.
Another speaker at the launch, Advocate Jennifer Shamalla noted that Kituo understood and appreciated access to justice in 1973 long before it was anchored in Kenya’s constitution. “It is an important part of any independent society; a society that wants to give dignity to its people; M-Haki is a milestone for Kituo and it is all about access to information which is crucial if we need to enforce our fundamental rights”, she said.
The chief guest Ms. Marielle Geraedts, the Deputy Head of Mission at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi said Kenya is a frontrunner in the use of mobile technology in people’s daily lives.
She noted that justice is expensive and most people cannot afford legal fees for legal representation thus M-Haki has the potential to create a pool of legally empowered Kenyans across the country who can fight for the rights of the communities especially in regards to land and family matters.
“The embassy is very supportive with this initiative and would like to encourage participation from local partners who can help fund this initiative moving forward”, said the diplomat.
M-Haki is LIVE!
The launch concluded with cake cutting as Kituo welcomes her latest innovation in pursuit of access to justice for all!
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