Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe Favoring Capital Punishment

The murder rates have been on rise in Zimbabwe and this is the reason president Robert Mugabe has lately talked in favor of resuming executions.

Last time capital punishment took place in the country was in 2005 when the hangman retired and since then execution has been only on the statue book.

At the burial of a veteran independence struggle on Wednesday the president said he believes death penalty in Zimbabwe should be restored, even though knowing his own cabinet is divided on the issue.

The 93-year-old said lately it has been found people are playing with death and this is not the reason why they liberated Zimbabwe.

Mugabe added that he is seeking for a peaceful country and a happy nation, but not such Zimbabwe where people kill each other.

Currently there are 92 inmates on death row and Amnesty International has called to abolish capital punishment completely.

However, the Zimbabwean constitution exempts women and males either under 18 or above 69 years old from capital punishment.

Meanwhile, more than fifty people are learned to have applied for the job of hangman and the reason could be the great unemployment rate in the country, which is more than 90 percent.

Permanent secretary in the justice ministry, Virginia Mabhiza, said applications have come from males as well as females.

She said, “We have received over 50 applications in the past few months. People are very interested.”

In 2012 a new hangman was appointed, but the candidate was never confirmed thereafter.

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