Luhya men, Kamba women top list of murder convicts- Report

With regards to religion, all the women and 84 per cent of the men are Christians, while nine per cent are Muslims.

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Luhya men and Kamba women are the majority among death row convicts. Meanwhile, Kikuyu men and women lead among those convicted for robbery with violence.

This is according to findings of a report by a task force formed to look into death sentencing and filed before the Supreme Court.

After the Supreme Court outlawed mandatory death sentence, it ordered former Attorney General Githu Muigai to file a report and proposal on how the 4,819 convicts held across the country would be re-sentenced.

The team randomly picked men and women on death row in 38 prisons across the country.  From the data collected, it emerged that Luhya men form a majority of those in jail for murder, followed by Luo men. Kikuyu and Kisii men tie at third place.

On women, the data shows Kamba and Kikuyu women follow each other closely, then Luhya and Meru women follow in third and fourth place.

According to regions

According to the report seen by The Standard, a majority of men on death row hail from Western region (38 per cent) while a majority of the women (45 per cent) are from Eastern region.

Although 27 per cent of the men hail from Nyanza, there were no women from the region. At least nine per cent of the men are from Eastern. Only two per cent of the men and 15 per cent of the women on death row hail from Central.

Seven per cent of the men and five per cent of women are from Coast, and none of the offenders are from Nairobi. From Rift Valley, 18 per cent of those incarcerated for murder are men while 10 per cent are women.

It emerged that 70 per cent of the women lived in urban settings at the time of their conviction. Men who lived in rural settings were 50 per cent. Some 49 per cent of the convicts said they lived in urban centers.

With regards to religion, all the women and 84 per cent of the men are Christians, while nine per cent are Muslims, four per cent are agnostic or atheist and one man’s religion is unknown.

The report also reveals that men in customary or polygamous marriages are more likely to kill. At least 76 per cent of the male convicts said they are in customary or polygamous marriages.

At the same time, women in customary marriages and widows are likely to kill as 35 of the women are in customary marriages. A similar number said they were widowed.

Six men are single, two widowed and none divorced while four women are single and two divorced.