On Friday, 25th November, 2016 Kituo cha Sheria joined the Lang’ata Women’s Prison Justice Center to commemorate the Access to Justice Day.The Day was not only a celebration but also meant to empower the prisoners to enable them access justice with emphasis on fundamental human rights, legal representation and the judicial procedures.
To celebrate the achievements of Kituo’s paralegals and the prison justice centre; members of the prison community including children took part in celebratory activities which included song and dance, catwalks and face painting.
The central activity taking place during the day was a moot court skit meant to aid the prisoners in learning about bail and bond, community service order, legal representation and the judicial procedures.
In attendance at the celebrations were Kituo’s Executive Director Gertrude Angote, the officer-in-charge Lang’ata Women’s Prison Olivia Obel and volunteer advocates Wangeci Chege and Mercy Mwinzi. Kibera Senior Resident Magistrate Jane Kamau graced the celebrations together with the Judiciary team from the Kibera Law Courts.
The Lang’ata Women’s prison justice center together with other prison centers have contributed to the decongestion of prisons and at the same time made justice accessible to those who could not afford the services of an advocate.
Giving the keynote address Ms. Angote expressed Kituo’s satisfaction in seeing prisoners being able to self-represent and having access to justice within the prison-“the palace of correction”. “Over 10,000 people have been released on appeal directly from the work of prison paralegals countrywide, you just need to know the facts of your case and prepare thoroughly”, she said.
She closed the day’s events expressing Kituo’s gratitude to the Royal Dutch Embassy for their support and passing greeting from Kituo’s board of directors and the entire Kituo family. Kituo finally supported the centre with administrative materials including stationery.