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Friday, 15 January 2016

Zimbabwe Seeking To Fill 10-year Hangman Job Vacancy

Zimbabwe is presently searching for a new hangman to fill a ten-year vacancy.


Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe

The last hangman in Zimbabwe retired in 2005 and the country has been struggling ever since to fill the vacuum left behind.

The situation has forced convicted inmates on death row to launch an application challenging capital punishment in the constitutional court.

A new report prepared by New Zimbabwe said that despite the country having an estimated unemployment rate of 85%, it was difficult to find a suitable candidate to administer the death penalty to inmates who have been waiting between four and 18 years.

“No one is willing to take up the post as most people view it as demeaning,” chief law officer at the prosecutor’s office, Olivia Zvedi, was quoted saying.

Zvedi, however, maintained that this did not mean the inmates sentences should be changed, adding that the delay was also not a violation of their constitutional right.

State-owned Herald newspaper reports that there are at least 18 prisoners languishing on death row.

The 18 prisoners were reportedly challenging their sentences on the basis that the current legal framework forced the continuation of the death penalty, adding that they had been on death row so long that their constitutional rights had been violated.

Fourteen of the inmates asked the court to revoke their death penalty and change it to a life sentence, while two others argued that the country’s new constitution guaranteed “everyone a right to life”, the report said.

Ruling on the case is pending in court.

Story: Times Live

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