IMPLEMENTATION of Mama Samia Legal Aid Campaign has played a vital role in restoring peace and stability in several families and communities that were facing disputes across the country, it has been said.
Deputy Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, Ms Pauline Gekul unveiled the achievements over the weekend in Shinyanga Region, during an event to launch the Mama Samia Legal Aid Campaign in the region, upon which it will be implemented in all six councils of the region between 11 and 21st June 2023.
The campaign is jointly implemented between the government and Legal Aid Facility (LSF).
“This campaign is implemented as part of initiatives to support President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s efforts in unifying the country and bringing development at all levels. We have to ensure all disputes at family and community levels come to an end,” she said.
According to her, most of the disputes that have been addressed through Mama Samia Legal Aid Campaign are on land, property ownership, inheritance and Gender Based Violence (GBV).
The minister emphasised on the importance of members of the community to maintain mutual understandings and avoid unnecessary disputes.
For her part, LSF Manager for Communications and Resources Mobilisation Jane Matinde said the implementation of the campaign will go along providing Shinyanga residents with access to paralegal services to women, children and other special groups.
“We at LSF have been working closely with the government in providing legal services to the people in need for the sake of promoting equality and stimulating engagement in economic activities for national development,” she said.
Earlier, Shinyanga Regional Commissioner Christine Mndeme assured the regional administration’s total cooperation throughout implementation of the campaign, given its importance in addressing various disputes that hinder development.
She said the campaign is the right platform to help those who are unable to meet legal fees that they may have to incur in finding solutions.
“We are so ready to work together with the ministry and LSF in resolving various legal challenges in all six councils of the Shinyanga region,” she said.
Mama Samia Legal Aid Campaign, which was officially launched in April this year in Dodoma by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa, aims at providing education to citizens on issues of the rule of law and human rights, building capacity for stakeholders in the justice delivery chain and improve systems, policies and laws in order to enhance access to justice in the country.