The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has launched a boat to enhance access to justice for Lamu dwellers.
European Union (EU) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through Programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery in Kenya (PLEAD), have been providing support to ease access to justice in Lamu.
Haji said acquisition of MV-Adil was in realization that there is difficulty in transport to justice institutions such as the ODPP offices and court stations.
The need to provide support to the Office of the DPP in purchasing of the boat was identified during the service week that was supported by PLEAD in March 2019.
Haji said the boat will facilitate mobility of the Officers and criminal justice actors during mobile court sessions in the main Islands of Lamu.
“MV Adil will also facilitate justice sector agencies sensitize Lamu residents on human rights issues affecting them,” Haji said.
In exercise of their mandate, the ODPP are required to also prosecute cases in the seven surrounding islands during the mobile court sessions, but had no means of transportation, and therefore relied on other actors to facilitate them and the prosecution witnesses.
UNODC Head of Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Charity Kagwi, said they are honoured to take part in improving delivery of justice services and expanding the use of alternatives to imprisonment in Kenya.