HAS THE PE­NAL CODE BE­COME OB­SO­LETE?

The Star (Kenya) - - Big Read / Correctional Centres -

In 2009, re­tired pres­i­dent Mwai Kibaki di­rected the death sen­tences im­posed on all con­victed pris­on­ers on the death row, be com­muted to life im­pris­on­ment. Some of them who have been waiting for death for the last 25 years are ask­ing the Pres­i­dent to as­sent to their files to pave way for their killings or if not, com­mit them to life im­pris­on­ment. Some of the con­victs have been waiting for their date with the hang­man for more than 20 years after their ap­pel­late courts re­in­stated the ver­dict of trial courts.

No death row con­vict has been ex­e­cuted since the July 9, 1987 hang­ing of Kenya Air Force Senior Pri­vate Hezekiah Ra­bala Ochuka at Kamiti Max­i­mum Pri­son for trea­son. The Pres­i­dent must ap­pend his sig­na­ture on all files be­fore ex­e­cu­tion.

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