The first free legal clinic this year was held at Mukuru Chief’s Camp, Embakasi South Sub-county (Nairobi) on Saturday 7 May 2016. This locality boasts of a metropolitan population who live in Mukuru kwa Njenga slums as well as the neghbouring Imara Daima and Villa Franca Estates. The event offered free legal advice to citizens who did not know their rights and could not afford legal representation. This was carried out in the wake of the enactment of the Legal Aid Act earlier in the month. About 50 people were attended to by law students on family, labour/employment, succession, land and criminal matters. To entice the community, the law students went around the area giving ‘on the spot’ legal advice for those who were too busy to make it to the Chief’s camp.
This event received overwhelming support from the chief of Imara Daima and the Ward administrators of the Njenga and Imara Daima Wards. Mr. Otuyi, the Chief of Imara Daima, noted that the surrounding community suffered from a lack of understanding of the distinction between the roles played by ward administrators, the chiefs and the police. He said people still heavily relied on chiefs to solve their issues and this would leave them overburdened. The need for strategic partnership between the county government and the chiefs could not be overemphasized.