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Kenya: Nakuru Residents to Get Affordable Legal Services

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Egerton University Faculty of Law has partnered with the National Legal Aid Service to provide affordable legal services to the less fortunate Nakuru County residents. The project is sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme.

Speaking during the launch at Egerton University Town Campus, Dean Faculty of Law Dr Ruth Anyango Aura said poor citizens do not access legal services.

JUSTICE

Dr Aura, who is a former chairperson of Federation of Women Lawyers Kenya chapter, said it was wrong to commercialise legal services at the expense of ensuring justice for all.

“Egerton University Faculty of Law Legal Aid project seeks to provide legal awareness, support community legal services and promote alternative dispute resolution methods,” said Dr Aura.

She announced that the legal services will be offered by the university’s law students. She added that the services will be based on impartiality, gender equality, non-discrimination, protection of the marginalised and the rule of natural justice.

The project will work closely with Institute of Gender and Women Development Studies at the Njoro-based campus and Catholic Diocese of Nakuru Justice and Peace Commission and Muslim associations and Amkeni Wakenya.

EQUALITY

Other key partners are Centre for Democracy and Good Governance, Reconcile, Law Society of Kenya (LSK), the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and Nakuru County government.

“We want to serve the less fortunate who cannot access justice. The legal profession has become commercialised, leaving the poor to suffer,” said Dr Aura.

She added: “If we are equal before the law where is that equality when the less privileged cannot access justice? This collaboration between Egerton University Faculty of Law and like-minded organisations and stakeholders is important to drive the wheels of justice in Nakuru County.”

Dr Aura who was speaking during the stakeholders’ meeting, reiterated that legal aid and awareness were critical components of access to justice.

Her sentiments were echoed by the President of Rift Valley LSK Ochang’ Ajigo who said Nakuru town has about 300 lawyers.

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