THE LONG HIS­TORY OF HANG­ING

The East African - - NEWS -

Only 20 African coun­tries have abol­ished the death penalty. In con­trast, Egypt, Libya, Nige­ria, So­ma­lia and Su­dan still ex­e­cute those con­victed. Death by hang­ing was in­tro­duced in Tan­za­nia by the Ger­man ad­min­is­tra­tion in 1898 to pun­ish African chiefs who re­sisted coloni­sa­tion. 100 African chiefs were hanged by Ger­man com­man­ders. Th­ese in­cluded 67 lo­cal lead­ers of the Maji Maji up­ris­ing, hanged in Songea in south­ern Tan­za­nia on Fe­bru­ary 27, 1907.

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