KITUO enhanced her long standing partnership with the Kenya Prisons department by facilitating a paralegal training for prison warders in conjunction with Faraja Foundation from 23rd to 27th March 2015. This training workshop was held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, South B. 40 prison warders drawn from the following remand facilities underwent paralegal training; Athi River, Kangeta(Meru), Kiambu, Kitui, Langata, Makueni Remand, Nairobi Medium, Nairobi Remand, Narok, and Thompson Falls Prison. Also in attendance were two staff from Faraja Foundation and 2 legal officers from Prisons’ Human Rights Department Hq.
The training was spearheaded by Kituo officers led by Glenn Ong’uti Mangare, Ashioya Biko, Marcelino Waithaka and Jodom Mwebi. The participants were taken through the following topics:
TOT skills and Adult learning methodologies
Concept of empowerment in HR/Paralegal matters
Understanding basic human rights
Sources of Law in Kenya
Constitutional provisions touching on persons detained, held in custody or imprisoned
U.N Standard Minimum Rules for the treatment of offenders
Rights of arrested persons
The process of Criminal Trial
Ethical issues in paralegal work
The workshop was officially closed on Friday 27th by Madam Wanini Kireri, Senior Deputy Commissioner of Prisons and the Regional Prisons Commander-Nairobi. In her closing remarks, Madam Wanini disclosed that a research conducted late last year indicated that prisons are overpopulated(exceeded their holding capacity) by 80%. “The knowledge and skills in human rights training and paralegal skills imparted is critical in aiding the department in decongesting” added Madam Wanini. In addition, a significant number of remand inmates are not aware of their legal rights and obligations and the knowledge gained would aid in filling this gap. Finally, she presented certificates to participants together with Fr. Peter Meienberg, the Founder of Faraja foundation.
KITUO TEAM – WE CARE FOR JUSTICE!