Harare – Prominent Kenyan lawyer Dr Otiende Amollo is in the country where he is expected to present a paper on human rights and corruption in Africa at the National Conference on Human Rights and Access to Justice in Harare on Monday.
Amollo was the face behind Raila Odinga’s successful Presidential Petition and his involvement in the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition’s court battles challenging the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta is his claim to fame.
The conference is being hosted by the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) and is expected to gather at least 200 delegates representing civil society organisations , government institutions, members of the diplomatic corps ,independent commissions, academia and other important groupings.
LRF national director Lucia Masuka-Zanhi said the conference will give delegates a platform to discuss the key human rights issues which Zimbabwe needs to look at in the next five years in relation to access to justice, gender, corruption ,peace and reconciliation.
“The conference thus brings together State and non state actors to explore ways in which key human rights and access to justice concerns can be addressed ,” she said.
“Discussions will focus mainly on the key human rights issues confronting the country and strategies to address these issues.It will create a platform for CSOs and State institutions to to explore opportunities for collaboration in advancing human rights in Zimbabwe.We desire that everyone accesses justice and enjoy human rights, hence we provide legal assistance to the marginalised and vulnerable,” noted Masuka-Zanhi.
The conference comes at a time where President Emmerson Mnangagwa has preached to the world that his administration has opened democratic space as evidenced by the number of presidential candidates who participated in the recently held harmonised elections.
The conference is therefore likely to stimulate debate as to whether such is the reality on the ground.
Minister of Justice , Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Hon Ziyambi Ziyambi will officially open the conference.