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Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre

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Presence in: Kenya
Focus: Citizenship, Community / Customary Land Rights, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources

Kituo Cha Sheria – “KITUO” is the oldest, most experienced legal aid providing and human rights non-governmental organization in Kenya, and perhaps, across the East and Horn of Africa region.  It exists to empower the poor and marginalized and to enhance equity and access to justice for all. KITUO was established on 9th July 1973, back then Kenya had adopted a fairly liberal democratic Constitution at independence. The colonial laws were not repealed or amended to suit the independence Constitution. In fact, the government progressively amended the 1969 Constitution to suit the colonial laws. The ‘ordinances’ were simply renamed Acts of Parliament thus, an anomaly emerged because the independence Parliament had not deliberated on the laws through the normal legislative process. Most of these laws were inherently unjust because they discriminated on the basis of race, class, and gender. In addition, illiteracy and lack of knowledge of the strange laws put many indigenous Kenyans at a great disadvantage. The lawyers available were too few, very expensive and far beyond the reach of poor Kenyans. When faced with legal and human rights issues such as rent disputes, the poor residents always found themselves at a disadvantage as they did not know how to safeguard their rights or effectively access justice through the various judicial institutions. For a considerable time, it was only KITUO that provided pro bono legal services as there were no other organizations. Even though the government offered legal aid, the demand for KITUO’s services increased, resulting in the gradual institutional growth.

Currently, the number of lawyers and other full time staff is over sixty (60). With strengthened institutional framework, KITUO has rapidly expanded its programmes and more of its clientele can access justice.

People Associated With This Organization

Ambrose Njagi

Kenya  
Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre (Unverified)
Joined June 2020
Interests: Environmental Justice
I champion for the rights of the poor and merginalised and the attainment of environmental justice.

Anthony Kinyua

Kenya  
Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre
Joined March 2018
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence, Peace-building
Anthony joined Kituo Cha Sheria in 2015 and currently serves as APO in the Research, Communication & Knowledge Management Department. In this role I am part of the team providing support to the core programmes teams at Kituo Cha Sheria.

Clara Barasa

Kenya  
Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre
Joined August 2015
Clara Barasa is a practicing advocate of the High Court of Kenya and an Arbitrator with a keen interest in access to justice in the human rights field. She undertook a Bachelor of Laws at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) and proceeded to the Kenya School of Law for a Postgraduate Diploma. She has been involved in gender, children and person with disabilities rights in Kenya and in Tanzania. She currently works as a legal officer at Kituo cha Sheria under the Forced Migration Program where she provides legal intervention on behalf of refugees. She has given lectures on refugee law at CUEA, Kabarak and Riara universities and trained police officers at the Kiganjo and Embakasi training schools. When she is not in court or conducting trainings, she loves to read, hike and travel. She aims to be amongst the top public interest litigators in the country.

Faith Ochieng'

Kenya  
Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre
Joined April 2015
Community land rights, human rights and protection of natural resources

Gertrude Angote

Kenya  
Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre
Joined September 2015
Angote is a lawyer, currently a Legal Aid & Education Coordinator at Kituo cha Sheria (Centre for Legal Empowerment), which is the oldest legal aid providing NGO in Kenya whose mission is to empower the poor and marginalized people towards access to justice. She is a social transformation advocate and has been in the fore front in litigating, agitating and advocating towards the vision of access to justice for all. Angote is currently a Council Member of the Law Society of Kenya, and an LLM Student at the UON. She a trained trial advocacy teacher from the University of Washington, and has previously engaged as faculty in trainings held at the Kenya School of Law.

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Janet Kosgei

Kenya  
Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre (Unverified)
Joined June 2020
Interests: Access to Information, Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Health, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a lawyer working as a program officer in Kituo Cha Sheria's advocacy, governance and community partnership program. My work involves engaging with communities to develop capacities to self advocate and lobby for legal protection. Through this network, I hope to connect further with others working towards building capacities of communities.

JeanPaul Bahikye Kasika

Kenya  
Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre (Unverified)
Joined July 2020
Interests: Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources
I work for Kituo Cha Sheria-Legal Advice Center as a paralegal/interpreter

JOHN MWARIRI

Kenya  
Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre
Joined June 2020
Interests: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Environmental Justice, Governance, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment
I am human rights advocate with a passion in ensuring access to justice by the poor and marginalized, constitutionalism and social change. I am the programme coordinator of the Legal Aid and Education Department and looking forward to working with like minded individuals and institutions to ensure access to justice.

Steve Muthembwa

Kenya  
Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre
Joined January 2018
Interests: Generalist Legal Services
My name is Steve Mutinda Muthembwa. I am graduate of the University of Nairobi (2014) and Kenya School of Law (2017). I am an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
I have interest in human rights and I would like to know and practice more on legal matters and use the same to improve the lives of the people in my society.

Tobias Mwadime

Kenya  
Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre
Joined July 2020
Interests: Gender-based violence, Governance, Housing & Sanitation, Labor & Employment
Am a knowledge manager iresponsible for communication, documentation, research and Information Technology

Tracy Wachira

Kenya  
Kituo cha Sheria – Legal Advice Centre (Unverified)
Joined June 2020
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Health, Labor & Employment, Land & Natural Resources, Peace-building, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a Volunteer Advocate at Kituo Cha Sheria and I work with the advocacyand Legal aid department to help offer legal services, representation and education to the marginalised and vulnerable communities in Kenya.

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