Misereor Visit

Misereor Visits Kituo

Kituo cha Sheria on Wednesday, 8th February 2017 hosted Barbara Schirmel, the Africa and Middle East Head for Misereor, who visited the Kituo Head office and the Kamiti Prison Justice Center.
Kituo’s Executive Director Gertrude Angote welcomed Barbara and appreciated Misereor for their long partnership with Kituo. The visit was an opportunity for Kituo to showcase Kituo’s programmatic work in promoting access to justice supported by Misereor.
Misereor supports the weakest members of society: the poor, the sick, the hungry and the disadvantaged while Kituo is committed to helping the disadvantaged, poor and marginalized people in Kenya access justice. One of the ways Kituo fulfils its mandate is through the prison justice centers run by Kituo-trained prison paralegals; inmates and prison warders.
The team visited the Kamiti Prison Justice Center, opened in 2012 with 32 trained paralegals who provide legal aid to fellow inmates within the prison facility.
The Center Coordinator and Prison Officer Senior Sergeant Benson Ngui and John Monjo Njenga, an inmate serving a life sentence made a case for the important role the paralegal office plays in the prison system.
“We have given our fellow inmates hope in a bleak world, this Center supported by Kituo has given people a place to turn to”, said Monjo.
The center despite the various challenges has registered huge successes including having 52 inmates acquitted in the last one year alone after successful appeals.
During the visit to the Center, Kituo advocate John Mwariri took time to update the prison community present on the Prisoners’ right to vote and the ongoing registration of prisoners who’ll take part in electing their government.
The team paid a courtesy visit on Mr. Henry Kisingu, Senior Assistant Commissioner of Prisons (SACP) and the Commander Kamiti Maximum Security Prison who appreciated the help Kituo and other organizations play in advancing prison reforms and making the work of prison administration easier. He lauded Misereor through Barbara Schirmel for making initiatives like the prison paralegal project possible and encouraged even more donor support to Kenyan organizations.
Community paralegals from the Kibera, Kamukunji and Korogocho Justice Centres accompanied the team to Kamiti and shared their experiences in making access to justice a reality in their communities

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