Noone has ever been hanged in Zimbabwe since 2005 despite many having death penalties. The hangman has had no much work to do
Despite the high level of unemployment in Zimbabwewhich has seen citizens scramble for any kind of job available, no one seems interested in applying for the position of executioner – a position that has remained vacant since the country’s last hangman retired in 2006.
According to the Zimbabwean Death Penalty Database, the official method of executing prisoners is hanging. Zimbabwean law states that women, and people aged under 21 and over 70 cannot be hanged.
Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Southern Africa, Muleya Mwananyanda, said: “President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s has taken a very progressive step in deciding to spare the prisoners from the hangman’s noose