Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Hanging Shame

The very public humiliation and death of Saddam Hussein, brought to our homes the barbaric reality of the death penalty.

While there are those around the world who saw the sentence and its carrying out as just comeuppance for a man who was a reviled dictator, his hands dripping with blood, the majority opinion was disgusted at the sheer cruelty of the act. It is true that we have not in Kenya had any legal hangings since 1987 ,but we have in the last seven years sentenced an increasing number of convicted felons to death.

There is a worldwide movement against the death penalty with most nations favouring a permanent excision of such laws on the grounds that they are archaic, cruel and often unjust. Ought Kenya to follow suit?

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