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"Taking Injustice Personally"

"SPEAKING OUT AGAINST EXTRAJUDICIAL KILLINGS" - A POEM BY FAITH ATIENO

2nd year law student, Faith Atieno

The human heart beats 4800 times per hour

However, it only takes one bullet to permanently switch off that station of power

That may sound to you like just figures

But if you take injustice personally, you know it goes beyond the trigger

“Justice be our shield and defender” goes our national anthem

Take a minute and let that sink in

Justice is Thee shield and not the sword

See how hypocritically we patriotically recite the words?

By providing celebratory drumbeats when officers take the law in their own hands?

“They won’t be killed if they don’t break the law” goes the message of conviction

But then whose lenses do we use before passing the affliction?

If we truly know that everyone is innocent till proven otherwise,

Then why do we compromise

The “otherwise” entails going through a legal process

Take a second for this one

Justice is actually a process. It is a process

See where we go wrong by deciding the fate of a person in a blink

By denying them their fair legal share of punishment if guilty? Just think

Is justice only justice when you get even? Or

Is justice still justice when you punish offenders and respect their heartbeats?

Justice is equity and not equality

While equity is white, equality is red

Equality embraces justice only when it favours him

Equity on the other hand is the dove who has confidence in the legal process

The dove whose lenses is the rule of law

The dove whose first conviction is the rule of law

The dove who understands that justice is a two way traffic

He knows that his heart beats are as equally important as your heartbeat or my heartbeat

Ladies and gentlemen, Go Ye Forth and Fight for Justice

Not with swords however but with shields....

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