June 18, 2024

“Death penalty has no place in modern society” – Raila spokesperson on Jowie sentencing

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"Death penalty has no place in modern society" - Raila spokesperson on Jowie sentencing

Raila spokesperson in 2022 elections Lawyer Makau Mutua faults Justice Grace Nzioka over death penalty on Jowie in Monica Kimani's case

Raila spokesperson in 2022 elections Lawyer Makau Mutua faults Justice Grace Nzioka over death penalty on Jowie in Monica Kimani’s case 

Lawyer Makau Mutua criticized the punishment imposed on Joseph Irungu, also known as Jowie, following his conviction for the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani. 

In a statement on Thursday, March 14, Mutua faulted Lady Justice Grace Nzioka for sentencing Jowie to death. 

No matter how horrible the accused person’s crime, the lawyer believes that the death sentence has no place in modern society.

“The death penalty has no place in any modern society. It’s jurisprudentially inconsistent with the logic, values, and legal philosophy that undergirds Kenya’s 2010 Constitution. No court should EVER impose such an irreversible penalty on any offender in Kenya, no matter the heinousness of the crime, or how despicable and depraved the felon. Degrees of savagery, depravity, or heartlessness do not vacate the moral, practical, and philosophical indefensibility of the death penalty and its finality,” Mutua 

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In his remarks, the Raila spokesperson said the death penalty does not bring back the victim to life nor stop future killers. 

Lawyer Mutua termed the sentence as vengeful, primitive, callous and without any redemption to benefit the society. 

“Nor does the death penalty bring back the victim or deter future killers. It’s vengeful, primitive, and callous and without redemption or any single benefit to society. An eye for eye makes the entire society blind,” he added. 

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