The National, Tuesday 12th February, 2013
WHY is Kerenga Kua so adamant about the death penalty?
All pros and cons must be thoroughly studied before the death sentence can be imposed.
There are other severe punishments that can be meted out instead of the death penalty.
Although the idea is good, it is too early and our judicial system is not prepared for it.
Our courts cannot prove beyond reasonable doubt that someone is guilty of a crime and, as such, many innocent people will be wrongly convicted and sentenced to death.
Our forensic unit is still at the infant stage, fingerprint analysis has not been implemented nationwide, accurate identification testing such as DNA tests are not in place, etc.
If Kua is adamant, he should first set up institutions to train, improve and equip the police investigation unit rather than impose the death penalty based on circumstantial evidence and eye witnesses who are not credible.
Many inmates in Bomana are being held on suspicious grounds and they spend their time waiting for justice to prevail.
This is an abuse of their hu-man rights.
We should not make deci-sions out of emotions but allow for proper planning and implementation.