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A statue of Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi, who was killed in 1957. K. Gituma/Wikimedia

Why Kenya’s Mau Mau gave up their fight

The resilient Mau Mau freedom fighters failed to maintain revolutionary action after independence.
Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi waves at his trial with other Muslim Brotherhood members in Cairo, in May. He was subsequently sentenced to death. Egypt is among a handful of African countries that regularly execute. Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany

Why the death penalty is losing favour in sub-Saharan Africa

As with most aspects of criminal justice in sub-Saharan Africa, the death penalty as it currently exists in law is a colonial import. Criminal justice before the modern era was a private matter.

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