Kituo Empowers Turkana Paralegals

UncategorizedApril 7, 20150 CommentsKituo Cha Sheria

DSC01441-turkana            Participants pause for a group photo during the Turkana

Paralegal training in Lokichar,Turkana County 


Kituo Cha Sheria(KITUO) with support from MacArthur Foundation has been implementing a project on environmental and human rights protection as a result of oil production in Turkana County.

A baseline survey and MTE carried out on this project revealed a number of critical environmental and human rights issues in the extractive industry that require much attention. In order to address some of the human rights issues identified above, it was proposed that awareness on issues such as land, labour and environmental rights be created so as to empower local communities to demand for transparency and accountability with regards to oil exploration.
In furthering the objectives above, KITUO facilitated paralegal training for Turkana paralegals in Lokichar, Turkana County from 10th to 14th March 2015. 30 participants, 20 male and 10 female were trained. The training was spearheaded by Kituo staffs Ashioya Biko and Marcelino Waithaka.

The participants were taken through the following topics:
Brief introduction on Human rights.
Sources of the law in Kenya.
Roles of Community Paralegals.
History and background of the extractive industry in Kenya with emphasis in Oil exploration.
National Energy Policy and analysis of the Petroleum (Exploration and Production) Act.
Drafting of Demand Letters; The paralegals were trained on how to draft a demand letter generally and the importance of drafting it.
Overview of the Current legal regime governing land in Kenya with specific emphasis on Land adjudication and Compulsory acquisition.
An in-depth look at the draft Community Land Bill
Discussions on the establishment of proposed Kituo Community Justice Centre in Turkana.



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