Ruth Kamande Bio, Biography
|Ruth Kamande is a 24 years old inmate at Langata Womens Prisons who has been in the headlines for killing Farid Mohammed in September 2015 by stabbing him 22 times. Kamande was 21 when she committed the crime while the victim Farid was 24. In 2016, Ruth Kamande was crowned Miss Langata Prisons; she is still the reigning beauty queen. The Kenyan High Court lead by Justice Jessie Lesiit sentenced Ruth Kamande to death in a ruling on Thursday, 19 July 2018. In her defence, the prison beauty queen defended herself by telling the court that she had discovered that her boyfriend was undergoing HIV treatment and threatened her when she confronted him over the matter.|
|Age||24 Years old as of 2018|
|Sentence||Death penalty issued by Justice Jessie Lesiit of the Kenyan High Court on 19 July 2018|
|Deceased Boyfriend||Farid Mohammed stabbed to death in December 2015|
|Ruth Kamande Case Highlights|| 2015– Arrested for the murder his boyfriend Farid Mohammed 24 years old through stabbing him 24 times.
19 July 2018-Justice Jessie Lesiit of The Kenyan High court sentences Ruth Kamande to death.
“I want young people to know that it is not okay to kill each other. If you have an issue with a boyfriend, just walk away and forgive,” said Justice Lessit.
|Ruth Kamande Defence||
|Miss Langata Prison 2016-to date||Ruth Kamande is the reigning beauty queen of Langata Womens Prison having been crowned in 2016.|
|Amnesty International Weighs in||
Amnesty International-Kenya on Friday 20 July 2018 expressed its displeasure with the decision by Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit to sentence Ruth Kamande to death terming it as ‘retrogressive.’ and a violation of Human rights.
Ruth Kamande Case
Ruth Kamande appeared before the court on Tuesday, 17 July 2018 where she pleaded guilty to killing her young lover, Farid Mohammed, by stabbing him 22 times. The beauty queen told the court that their argument ensued after she found a small yellow card from Aids Control programme showing he was a patient, in his room. Upon confronting him, Farid threatened her and she reacted out of self defence by taking a knife and stabbing him 22 times.
“Mohammed told me that he would rather kill me and himself than have his status exposed. l stabbed him severally using a kitchen knife, which fell on my chest from his hands after I overpowered him, after putting my two thumbs in his eyes to save my life,” Kamande testified in her defence.
The High Court Judge, Justice Jessie Lesiit , in her ruling said even though the Kenyan High Court held that capital punishment is not mandatory, Kamande did not deserve mercy.
Ruth stated that she was not remorseful that she stabbed her boyfriend 22 times.
Justice Lesiit named the killing as gender-based violence stating Kamande was manipulative and controlling.
Mohammed’s sister Serah Waithera, who was called as the third witness, described the couple’s relationship as stormy and uneven.
Waithera said Kamande pushed her sibling too far and that her desires did not match his.
“She came to my working environment and introduced herself as my sibling’s boyfriend,” she told the court.
“From that point on she would grumble to me when they had issues yet my brother would deny their relationship. One time I prompted her not to force herself in the relationship.”
Ruth Kamande Sentence, Ruling
Ms. Kamande was handed the maximum death penalty for stabbing her boyfriend 22 times in September 2015 by High Court judge Jessie Lesiit, The beauty queen, who has been in remand since 2015, was convicted because she acted on purpose. Following the ruling, Ruth has a chance to appeal the sentence within 14 days.
No death sentence executions have been carried out in Kenya since 1987 when Kenya Air Force senior private official Hezekiah Ochuka and Pancras Oteyo Okumu were hanged for treason. After trying to overthrow retired President Daniel Moi in 1982, Ochuka, Okumu and two other masterminds were sentenced to death and hanged.
Kirugumi wa Wanjuki was the last man to carry out the death penalty issued to Hezekiah Ochuka and Pancras Oteyo Okumu in 1987. He was the last and longest serving hangman at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison. He died in 2009 in the Aberdare Ranges after a Pneumonia attack.
Here is the Ruling of the murder case of Miss Langata women Prison, Ruth Kamande pic.twitter.com/0y9eAaCv1F
— meninist254 (@Meninist254) July 20, 2018
Some Facts about Ruth Kamande
- She prefers being called ‘Biggie Kamande.’ especially in my written poems and songs.
- She can write and recite and compose songs and sing.
- She used to work with the Horizon Contact Centre for Airtel Kenya in the visa card department along Mombasa Road.
- She is trained paralegal through African Prison Projects, APP.
- Favourite music genre is rock, Favourite artist is Adam Lambert and Favourite song “Whataya Want from Me.”
- She loves reading Novels her favourites being ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ and ‘The Rule of Four’.
- What does she miss, eating pizza, her elder brother who died in 2017, She never got a chance to sat good bye.
Reaction on Twitter
To Those who are bashing Ruth Kamande should know;
Perfect people aren't real
Real people aren't perfect
One bad chapter does not mean it's the end of the book.
All shall be well. pic.twitter.com/snedJTbJkN
— Dkt. Miguna Miguna (@MigunaMigunaKE) July 20, 2018
This lady Ruth Kamande deserves a second chance I understand she had reformed.
"Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her"
— Yvonne (@EvyonK) July 20, 2018
Sometimes forgive and forget. No ruling will ever return an individual's life…. Just forgive and forget… Ruth Kamande Miss Lang'ata Farid Mohammed pic.twitter.com/OVv8mTOlWU
— Elijah Okemwa (@elijah1334) July 19, 2018