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Kituo Cha Sheria commences training for community paralegals to boost access to justice

Access to justice for the poor and marginalized groups in the society has received a major boost after Kituo Cha Sheria(Legal Advice Centre) Non-Governmental Organization  stepped in to empower community paralegals.

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Nakuru Paralegals during a training by Kituo Cha Sheria. The workshop will see the paralegals trained on the aspects of the law to instill self-confidence and hone their legal skills necessary for carrying out their daily activities of enhancing access to justice through public education and free legal services within the communities.PHOTO/Courtesy of Kituo Cha Sheria Communication Team.

Access to justice for the poor and marginalized groups in the society has received a major boost after Kituo Cha Sheria(Legal Advice Centre) Non-Governmental Organization stepped in to empower community paralegals.

Several pieces of training have been held in various counties for the paralegals to ensure members of the community whose fundamental rights are violated can access justice.

Speaking in Nakuru on Wednesday during a similar training, Kituo Cha Sheria’s Programs Coordinator for the advocacy, Governance and community partnership Valery Ang’awa said they are now decentralizing their services.

She was quick to note that with their head office in Nairobi and another branch in Mombasa, they had received several clients from across the country hence need to come closer to them.

The training of paralegals in various counties and establishment of various community Justice Centres, she believes is the way to go in the realization of justice for all.

“The essence of Kituo Cha Sheria is voluntarism and since we are based in Nairobi and Mombasa with so many clients we felt that we should partner with Community Justice Centres. In doing so we shall reach many marginalized groups to access justice” said Ang’awa.

Currently, Kituo Cha Sheria has 8 existing Community Justice Centres spread across the country where the NGO has been contacting training for Paralegals on the basics of the law.

Ang’awa who is also an advocate of the High Court also announced the launch of a new Community Justice Centre in Nakuru.

She challenged members of the community who might be going through sexual gender-based violence as well as other forms of human rights violations to speak out.

“We cannot help if they do not speak out. Let them come out as they have the power as per the constitution and we shall offer free legal advice towards accessing justice” she said.

On his part new Nakuru County Community Justice Centre Coordinator Ibrahim Ogeto cited succession, Gender, defilement cases as key in society.

However, he was quick to note that with the establishment of Nakuru County Community Justice Centre, such cases will see light and justice will be served.

“As a person who has been helping in the community, we have encountered several cases among them succession, gender issues as well as defilement cases. As Kituo Cha Sheria comes in, we believe it is a boost towards a better community” said Ogeto.

 

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Cathy Hotel owner Toroitich was committed to his beliefs, says Governor Lee

The late President Daniel Moi’s nephew died on Thursday following a short undisclosed ailment. He is survived by one wife, six children and several grandchildren.

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The late Toroitich

Governor Lee Kinyanjui has sent a message of condolence to the family of the late Gideon Toroitich, who until his death was the proprietor of Cathy Hotel.

Governor Kinyanjui said Toroitich contributed immensely to the growth and prosperity of Nakuru Town, especially in the agriculture and the hospitality sectors.

“Mzee Toroitich was a principled man who did not shy from saying what he believed in. He was firm and committed to his beliefs,” the Governor stated in a Facebook post.

The late President Daniel Moi’s nephew died on Thursday following a short undisclosed ailment. He is survived by one wife, six children and several grandchildren.

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi mourned the prominent businessman, who once served as the Managing Director of the Agricultural Finance Corporation, as a steadfast man who portrayed the value of family.

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Matatu owners fault County over ‘harrasment’

Nakuru Business Coalition Secretary, Simon Ole Nasieku accused Senator Susan Kihika of failing to champion for their business rights.

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The leaders led by Central Rift Matatu Owners Association Chairman Stephen Muli

Players in the transport sector have called on the County Government of Nakuru to fast-track the construction of a new matatu terminus to improve their working conditions.

Led by Central Rift Matatu Owners Association Chairman, Stephen Muli the businessmen said the upcoming modern termini at the railway’s yard had taken longer to complete.

He argued that the delay was fuelling an extortion racket where County enforcement officers are said to be harrasing and receiving bribes from matatus plying undesignated zones.

“Our vehicles are being seized day and night and released with hefty fines. We will not allow this,” said Muli while accusing the County of what he termed as militarizing the enforcement unit.

He said his office had tried to reach Chief Officer for Public Service Training and Devolution, Paul Githinji to no avail. He said he will be reaching out to Governor Lee Kinyanjui on the same.

His sentiments were echoed by Nakuru Business Coalition Secretary, Simon Ole Nasieku who also accused Senator Susan Kihika of failing to champion for their business rights.

Mr Nasieku said the politicians had failed in coming up with friendly policies to see their businesses thrive, but instead turn to the businessmen for political mobilizations and votes.

The Friends of Devolution chairman, Benson Macharia said Counties should provide a good environment for business for all sectors, political affiliations notwithstanding.

When contacted, CO Githinji said urban planning was a function of the County government and that the Governor was committed to ensuring Nakuru City is habitable for all.

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Unison Sacco opens 11th branch in Nakuru

While welcoming the Unison Sacco in Nakuru, CEC Komen noted that the county government of Nakuru has continued to create a conducive environment for business investors.

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Nakuru CECM for Trade and Cooperatives Raymond Komen(With a CHief Guest tag) ad Regional TSC Director Aden MOhammed duirng the official opening of Unison Sacco Nakuru Branch.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Unison Sacco has opened her 11th branch in the country within Nakuru’s CBD as a way of enhancing service delivery to customers.

The Sacco that was established in 1977 under the name Laikipia Teachers Sacco before it re-branded to Unison Sacco in 2014 prides in empowering members drawn from from TSC, Civil Servants, private schools/institution employees, corporates, Micro-credit groups and individual business entrepreneurs capable of making regular contributions.

Speaking in Nakuru Town during the launch, Chief Executive Officer John Njogu noted that the re-branding was done in December 2013.

He reiterated the commitment towards empowerment of everyone including those at grassroot level in the county and country.

We have no doubt in our ability ad that is why we are opening this 11th branch in Nakuru so that we can serve our members here better” he said.

Sentiments echoed by Chairman James Muhandi who noted that the New branch comes a time the country has gone through tough economic times.

He called for the need to focus on primary and secondary consumer with the Sacco having pride in having approximately 400,000 members.

On his part Nakuru Branch Manager Peterson Wanjohi said the opening of the new branch in Nakuru is a great milestone towards devolving financial services.

As we birth this new branch today,it is another milestone. We endeavor to grow our members through credit and savings” he said.

The event was graced by Nakuru County Chief Executive Committee Member for Trade and Cooperatives Raymond Komen.

While welcoming the Unison Sacco in Nakuru, CEC Komen noted that the county government of Nakuru has continued to create a conducive environment for business investors.

This confirms confidence that the business community has in Nakuru.Statistics indicate that Nakuru is 2nd largest contributor to National GDP after Nairobi hence Unison Sacco is joining the best. We need to ensure we deepen the financial services to the people” said Komen.

Others who addressed during the event included Teachers Service Commissioner Regional Director Aden Mohamed.

He noted the importance of the Sacco to the teaching fraternity in the region.

I am here to celebrate with you the opening of this branch. As teachers,we will get help in many ways. Teachers depend highly on Sacco. The Sacco’s model is key in socio economic growth for the country.

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