The death sentence has never been carried out in Kenya since July of 1987 when Pancras Okumu Oteyo, Hezekiah Ochukah and two other accomplices in the 1982 coup, were hanged till death. Picture Courtesy. Since then, the government has never carried out this sentence and in some cases like recently in 2016, all death sentences have been commuted to life in prison.
Death penalty is provided for under Kenyan law and has been practised in the country since before independence. However, no executions have been conducted since 1987 when two Kenyans, Pancras Oteyo Okumu and Hezekiah Ochuka were executed by hanging. In Kenya, the only mode of execution provided under The Prisons Act 25 is by hanging by the neck.