Mount Kenya University School of Law was declared Best Orators at the Manfred Lachs International Space law Moot Court Competition held at Pretoria on the 26th to the 27th May 2016. The Space law competition compromis dealt with complex matters of damage and liability caused by space objects. The students were required to defend and argue for the two states (Rastalia and Banche) that were involved in the launching and de-orbiting of the above mentioned space objects.
The School of Law orators impressed the judges to emerge top at the East African Region by crushing two teams from Makerere University. It also emerged second in the Oral rounds by tying with University of Pretoria for the second runner up position. The difference in the oral rounds between the winners Orifowomo University from Nigeria and Mount Kenya University was only 1 point.
A total of ten teams participated in the said Moot Court Competition both in the oral and written rounds. They were as follows:
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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.