HAS THE PENAL CODE BECOME OBSOLETE?
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.