Thursday, August 23, 2007

Our tribes, our rights

I remember having a conversation with a lawyer friend of mine, where we were discussing whether the jury system of resolving court cases would be viable in Kenya. The jury system ,you would know, is one in which the accused is tried by his peers who, based on the facts presented in court determine his guilt or innocence and thus his fate. He laughed in my face, at my naiveté in conjuring up such a notion. This was not because mine was an unsound proposition but , he said, because I had failed to consider how deeply entrenched tribalism is in this country.

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