Zimbabwe to advertise hangman vacancy

Zimbabwe to advertise hangman vacancy
Published: 2016 January 18 03:11:20 (1239 Views)


Zimbabwe faces a crisis as it has held the hangman vacancy for 12 years without anyone to fill the post. Atleast 117 prisoners are on death row in Zimbabwe and no executions have been carried out for the past 12 years due to the unavailability of a hangman, the Constitutional Court heard recently.

Appearing for 14 death row prisoners who are challenging the constitutionality of the death penalty despite spending lengthy periods in custody, Harare lawyer Mr Tendai Biti said the number of condemned prisoners awaiting death stood at 117.

He said the automatic appeals in respect of some of the inmates had not been exercised owing to delays in the transcription of court records and the disappearance of some.

"The system has abandoned them. If you do not pay the fee for the preparation of the record, the timeframes will not be respected," said Mr Biti.

He said preparation of records was done on time only for those who paid the requisite fees. Mr Biti claimed timeframes were not being respected for condemned prisoners who did not pay.

Justice Chinembiri Bhunu, who was part of the nine-member bench hearing the constitutional matter, questioned why the prisoners were not being executed.

Mrs Olivia Zvedi, a law officer in the Attorney- General's Office, said Government was still looking for a hangman. "There is no hangman at the moment. The one who was there previously left.

"We can only get one when an appropriate advertisement for the job is done and interviews are conducted," she said.

Asked why they were not getting a new hangman, Mrs Zvedi said the job was not an easy one and people were shunning it.

"It is not a job that one can easily apply for. The State is also in a predicament on how to proceed in the absence of a hangman," she said.

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Anonymous user 2017 November 02 04:34:30
If we have to hang those prisoners what the old man cause millions of people are dying coz of him so he must be the first if the vacant is filled
Anonymous user 2017 August 17 20:28:02
Where one can apply for this job (which office)
Anonymous user 2017 May 29 16:48:42
I want to be the hang woman contact me
Anonymous user 2016 January 19 09:58:33
what are the qualifications for this job?

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