Are the 10 commandments a source of law in Kenya?

Very interesting question. Let us take something like ‘do not let thyself lust after your neighbor’s wife’, this is the ninth commandment.
So Romo, is a next door neighbor to Likami. Likami has one of those wives that Chinua Achebe would describe as plantain shoots, eyes white like milk, and musician’s like Flavour would refer to her as ‘baby a la carte’, and other terms to upgrade a beautiful woman to nutritional content. (this is not good by the way) So Romo overwhelmed, constantly elevates his short stature by climbing on his neighbor’s wall to peep into the bathroom where Likami’s wife(Binta) showers.
Likami has observed this for a while and having decided enough is enough, heads to the police station to report the matter. Can the policeman simply state that the law Romo has broken is the 9th commandment of the Lord?
While the 10 commandments may inspire certain laws that we observe in Kenya, they are not, in their content, a source of law. In other words, one cannot derive a right or privilege or even impose a duty upon another person on their basis. The sources of law in Kenya are specified and listed under what we call the JUDICATURE ACT. Funny name right, it has even nothing to do with a girl called Judy! We took it on from the British. It says that Kenya law is found in the Constitution, Acts of Parliament (Statutes), English Common Law Principles (some of them), and African Customs (with certain exceptions of course).

One thought on “Are the 10 commandments a source of law in Kenya?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s