Far from the myth of the omnipotent father of the nation, big man or dictator, the Kenyan presidential system was built on divisions and uncertainty.
The resilient Mau Mau freedom fighters failed to maintain revolutionary action after independence.
Some journalists have claimed that 'thousands' of documents which have gone missing at the National Archives are proof of 'history theft'. It's probably just old-fashioned incompetence.
A myth is doing serious injustice to the way historians have approached decolonisation.
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.