Devolve Legal Aid Fund, Says Mungatana

Former Garsen MP Danson Muntana Former Garsen MP Danson Muntana

By The Coast Reporter

A section of lawyers have petitioned the judiciary to set aside at least ksh1m for every county to facilitate their payment for services rendered to the public on behalf of the government.

Speaking during a meeting held at Garsen early this week Former Garsen legislator Danson Buya Mungatana wants Chief Justice Mr. David Maraga to push for the disbursement of the Legal Aid Fund under the residence judges to help poor residents to move their cases adequately.

According to Mr. Mungatana, the devolve fund will enable residents to access services from lawyers .

“Residents are facing great challenges in dealing with their cases, they normally get confused because they don’t have lawyers to represent them in court. The residents who get lawyers' help are those facing major offences. We pray as you leave as Chief Justice you will embark on the strengthening of Legal Aid to the Counties. My Lord everything starts a little and I believe it is possible for every residents judge gets a line budget of at least one million shilling to work with local lawyers to make sure our people get representation” Mr. Mungatana said.

Mr. Mungatana’s statement was supported by county governor Mr. Hussein Dado who said it would be better if the poor residents get assistance in succeeding their cases through government paid lawyers.

However,  CJ Maraga affirmed that the Legal Aid fund Act was in progress but the only challenge was the fund being under the Attorney General’s office.

Mr. Maraga added that bringing the fund in line with the judiciary was the greatest challenge unless an amendment of the Act is done by the National Assembly.

“We have the Legal Aid Act which established a fund but that fund is going to be managed by AG’s office and that is our great challenge” said Mr. Maraga

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