Crime is a major part of every society. Its costs and effects everyone to some degree. The types of costs and effects are widely varied. In addition, some costs are short-term while others last a lifetime.
Is it right to execute criminals?
The death penalty is discriminatory. It is often used against the most vulnerable in society, including the poor, ethnic and religious minorities, and people with mental disabilities. Some governments use it to silence their opponents. Where justice systems are flawed and unfair trials rife, the risk of executing an innocent person is ever present.
When the death penalty is carried out, it is final. Mistakes that are made cannot be unmade. An innocent person may be released from prison for a crime they did not commit, but an execution can never be reversed.
It has been learned with sadness that five suspected thugs were killed today.This incident happened in broad daylight following a shootout at Makhokho on the Kakamega-Kisumu highway.
Below are photos taken at the crime scene.