Kenyan informal settlement especially in the major cities have gained the notoriety of being hot bed of political violence, one such area within Nairobi is kibera and Mathare.
To break the cycle of the political violence and related electoral injustice Langata Legal Aid Centre is rallying for the peace as the campaigns for the August general election intensify
Speaking exclusively to Ghetto Radio Judith Ochieng’ , the founder of the Langata legal aid center said as an organization they are have the responsibility to ensure that the electoral justice is served to electorates, politicians and the political parties.
“Our main role as an organization is to ensure that every stakeholder gets justice, and it cuts across from the electorates, aspirants and the political parties so that we don’t get to suffer the blows of post-election violence”.
Langata legal aid center, a community based organization that was incepted in 2017 after the contentious presidential election results is one the many organizations in the forefront of promoting good governance and peace through providing the legal aids to the marginalized and the vulnerable slum dwellers in Kibera and now has extended its operation to Langata and Dagoretti
“Our operations also involve providing legal advice and awareness and enhance access to justice and promote gender development in the slums areas
Judith recalls the some of the ugly election injustices that inspired her to start the organization were GBV allegedly executed by security officers, assaults and disappearance of people during election and after with the aim of linking the victims to qualified legal providers.
“I was inspired to link the victims that I have documented their cases service providers to that offer primary legal assistances to the victims and so far we have achieved a number of our objectives,” Judith stated.
Judith further stated that among the achievements that the organization have made are bringing on board a team of ten high court advocates to help them tackle some of the legal battles they have filed in various courts in the country, the aim being making reliable referrals where victims can get assistances since relying on volunteers may not attract qualified legal practitioners
“We have put up mechanisms that involve working with experienced legal practitioners in case we are dealing with a matter that is beyond the capacity of the paralegals at the community level,” Judith narrated.
By Rodgers Oduor
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