Kenyan President threatens death for railway vandals

Kenya’s president, Uhuru Kenyatta, has warned that those who vandalise the newly launched standard gauge railway will be hanged.

Mr Kenyatta said this as he was launching a new passenger train service that cost $3.2bn to build.

The President warned: “Mimi ni wakwanza kukubaliana ya kwamba urais umenipea nguvu ya kuweka kidole…wale watapatikana wakiharibu reli, nitaweka kidole wanyongwe (I acknowledge that the presidency gives me the right to pass laws…those found vandalising the infrastructure…I will pass a law for them to be hanged).”

The warning came a day after a court reportedly remanded three suspected vandals for 14 days.

They were arrested for allegedly damaging the railway line in Mariakani, near the coastal city of Mombasa.

There has been no execution of death row inmates in Kenya since 1987

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