To support the ongoing safe delivery of justice services in Kenya during the COVID-19 pandemic, the European Union and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) are delivering 17,000 face masks, 60,000 protective gloves, 1,250 bottles of hand sanitizer and 10,800 floor stickers to key justice institutions.
The staff and stakeholders of three members of the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) are benefitting, namely the National Police Service (NPS), Judiciary and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).
The NPS today received the consignment of face masks, gloves and hand sanitizers due to the crucial frontline role of police in the national response, NCAJ Acting Chief Executive, Dr Conrad Bosire, confirmed.
Ten thousand floor stickers were provided to the Judiciary last week and will be used at court stations across the nation to assist visitors and judicial staff alike by indicating safe social distancing.
In addition, 800 floor stickers promoting social distancing in a joint NCAJ-ODPP public information initiative have been delivered to ODPP headquarters and will soon be seen in their offices.
“The delivery of justice services continues, albeit with changed working arrangements as agreed to by Council members. As we monitor the unique circumstances presented by the pandemic and respond, this support is timely as it will assist institutions to deliver justice safely, which is a priority for NCAJ,” Dr Bosire said.
The donation is through the EU-funded Programme for Legal Empowerment and Aid Delivery in Kenya (PLEAD), with the products procured by UNODC.
“With the justice sector determined to remain open for business, we’re pleased to provide these essential goods to help enable their officers, customers and other people they interact with to adhere to the government’s health and safety measures,” Head of Cooperation for the Delegation of the EU to Kenya, Mr Hubert Perr, said.
The coordination role of NCAJ is proving pivotal to planning and implementing an effective, ongoing COVID-19 response by the justice sector, under the Administrative and Contingency Management Plan to mitigate COVID-19 in the sector.
“As the crisis continues to unfold, UNODC is receiving requests for assistance from criminal justice agencies, including for Personal Protective Equipment and information products, and we’re privileged to be in a position to respond in partnership with the EU and NCAJ,” the Head of UNODC’s Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme in Eastern Africa, Ms Charity Kagwi-Ndungu, said.
PLEAD is the largest criminal justice partnership in Sub-Saharan Africa and involves NCAJ and other key criminal justice institutions, the EU, United Nations and civil society in improving the delivery of justice services, settlement of disputes and use of alternatives to imprisonment.
(Pictured right to left) Today the NCAJ’s Dr Bosire visited NPS headquarters to present the face masks, hand sanitizer and gloves to the Principal Assistant to the Inspector General, Mr Nyale Munga.
See News for earlier NCAJ COVID-19 updates.