European Union External Action

New Mobile Justice boat for Lamu

14/07/2021 - 10:45
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On 5th July, the EU Delegation to Kenya officially handed over a 10-seater passenger boat to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) in Lamu. The boat will support the ODPP and other criminal justice actors in the region to undertake mobile courts in the surrounding seven islands.

The European Union Delegation to Kenya and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), through Programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery in Kenya (PLEAD) have been providing both technical and hardware support to enhance the administration and access to justice in Lamu.

The need to provide support to the ODPP in purchasing of the boat was identified during Judicial actors service week that was supported by the EU’s PLEAD programme in March 2019. The service week was part of the ODPP-led Project ‘All for Justice Phase II’, whose core mandate was to enhance access to justice and reduce on the number of pre-trial detainees.

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.

At the boat handover ceremony, the EU Chargée d’Affaires a.i, H.E. Ms. Katrin Hagemann noted that the European Union Delegation to Kenya is confident the presence of the boat will help ensure access to justice for all in Lamu, and increase the operational capacity of the ODPP towards this goal.   “The European Union is proud to have supported the ODPP through the PLEAD Partnership. PLEAD is anchored in the Kenya Vision 2030 strategy and supports government reforms that are transforming the criminal justice sector.” she underscored.

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