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5 Death-Row Inmates Among the 666,000 KCPE Candidates
5 death-row convicts are among 666,434 candidates who begin their Kenya
Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination this morning.
They are among 12 inmates expected to take the exam at a centre at the
Lang'ata women's prison in Nairobi.
But the prison officer, Mrs Grace Odhiambo, said six of them might not be
available as they had benefited from a presidential pardon.
By midday yesterday, they had not turned up for the rehearsals, and Mrs
Odhiambo said: "We were happy they were given an amnesty. But we also
think it is prudent if they come back to sit the exams for their own
The inmates had a chance to be taught by two qualified staff, one of them,
Eunice Odhiambo, who is a graduate teacher from Kenyatta university. She
is currently working as an officer in the prisons.
Their headteacher, Grace Akinyi, is herself an inmate who has a year to
serve from a 10-year term for drug trafficking.
Christine Mwende, 30, was upbeat that she would excel in the exam even if
she is sentenced to death for robbery with violence.
"Though I know I am condemned (to death), getting good education can help
me to live well, I believe," she said.
Another death-row convict, Emily Chepkirui, 23, said she hoped to reach
Form Four after realising the prison plans to start a secondary school.
At Kodiaga in Kisumu, 47 inmates are expected to sit the exam.
Headteacher and inmate Erastus Opondo said this year's class is well
prepared and he said he expected they would beat the 2004 highest score of
"We are fully prepared now, unlike last year when there was not enough
time for us, which made the candidates drop from the previous year's
performance," Mr Opondo said during the rehearsals.
Mr Isaiah Nyaribo, who represented the commissioner of prisons, Mr Gilbert
Omondi, at the function, urged the candidates to work hard to boost their
chances of joining the prison's secondary school at the Naivasha Maximum
Last year, the prison produced the top inmate student in the country who
scored 327 out of the total 500 marks.
The candidates, who include 6 female inmates, are drawn from the Kodiaga
GK and Kibos prisons.
Mr Nyaribo was accompanied by the Nyanza Provincial Prisons commander, Mr
Benjamin Njoga and officer in charge of the prison, Mr Joshua Yuma.
In Nairobi's Kibera slum, rehearsals went on well. At Ayany primary,
senior teacher Eve Galgalo said all the school's 166 candidates had been
prepared well for the 1st exam of the new syllabus.
"We hope that our school will improve its mean from 53 % last year," she
The school was ranked 9th in Langat Division, where its fiercest
competitors include neighbouring Olympic.
In Nakuru, security was tight in all the schools in Kuresoi division in
Nakuru ahead of the exam.
A contingent of regular and administration police officers have been
dispatched to the area to ensure the exams proceeded without a hitch.
District Education Officer Mrs Elizabeth Karani said, however, that no
schools had been affected and that the examinations would go on as
scheduled. The division has 32 primary schools.
Skirmishes in the area were allegedly instigated by the defilement of a 13
year old primary school girl on Saturday evening. One person was hacked to
death on Sunday after he bumped into a group of armed men who were on a
revenge attack mission on the alleged rapist.
Yesterday, Assistant Education minister Beth Mugo asked the Provincial
Administration to restore peace in Kuresoi division of Nakuru District
ahead of today's exams.
She urged the District Security Committees to ensure that Kenya
Certificate of Primary Education papers arrive at the 19,000 centres
(source: The Nation)
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Katie Maslanka-----katie at pfadp.org
Southern US Anti-Death Penalty Group Applauds Vatican's, Blair's Stances
Against Executing Saddam; Calls on Religious Community to Condemn Death
In Carrboro, North Carolina, People of Faith Against the Death Penalty
applauds the statements by Vatican officials, British Prime Minister Tony
Blair, Italian Premier Romano Prodi, and other world leaders in opposing
the execution of Saddam Hussein.
"PFADP appeals to religious leaders throughout the United States and the
world to call for an end to executions and to use the death sentence of
this terrible criminal as a moment to stand for life and for creation,"
said Stephen Dear, executive director of PFADP, a national advocacy group.
"God made Saddam; God can take him away. Human beings have no God-given
right to execute others, whether by their own hands or through their
governments. This applies even to those who have committed crimes against
"For the good of humanity, it is time to stop executions worldwide," Dear
said. "Most countries have abolished the death penalty, making it a relic
of a bygone era, the era of lynchings and the American Wild West. The
people of Iraq need neither.
"The people of Iraq, like victims of violence everywhere, need healing and
restoration. This execution would continue the downward spiral of violence
Saddam propelled and that continues to devastate the Iraqi people," Dear
PFADP encourages pastors, rabbis, and faith community leaders throughout
the United States to educate their members on the immorality of the death
penalty, even for someone who has caused as much suffering as Saddam.
(source: PFADP is an interfaith organization founded in 1994 whose mission
is to educate and mobilize faith communities to act to abolish the death
penalty in the United States. PFADP is a member of the World Coalition
Against the Death Penalty and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death
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