Kenyans on social media have been discussing on the court Ruling made my Justice Jessie Lessit on Thursday that sentenced Miss Lang’ata Prison Ruth Kamande to Death for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend several times to death.
What does this mean?
In Kenya Capital punishment has been in existence since independence and up to now its provided for under Kenyan law. No executions have been carried out in Kenya since 1987, when Hezekiah Ochuka and Pancras Oteyo Okumu were hanged for treason.
In December 2017, the supreme court declared section 204 of the penal code which stipulates mandatory death sentence unconstitutional specifying that the decision did not affect validity of the death sentence. This means the death sentence is still lawful but not mandatory.
In August 2009, former President Mwai Kibaki commuted the death sentences of the more than 4,000 prisoners who were then on Kenya’s death row. One year later, Kenya’s Court of Appeal ruled that the country’s mandatory death penalty law was unconstitutional, overturning hundreds of death sentences.
On October 24th 2016,President Uhuru Kenyatta signed orders sparing the lives of 2,655 men and 92 women who had been sentenced to death, commuting their sentences to terms of life in prison.
What am explaining here in short is that Kamande will not be executed but will spend the rest of her life in prison until death if her appeal on the ruling will not be accepted by the court.