No Rush To Fill Zim Hangman Post

Zimbabwe last executed someone eight years ago. “We have not found a hangman as yet,” Gutu told the Zimbabwean paper Newsday.

“I found out that the vacancy has not yet been filled. However, there is no rush to find one as the executive has no appetite for executions. There is a de facto moratorium on executions.”

Last week, however, the Supreme Court quickly dismissed an appeal against the death sentence for Even Moyo, 32, who killed a seven-year-old boy and his 10-year-old niece by hanging them during a robbery in 2005.

“What will eventually happen to those on death row is that their death sentences will be commuted to life sentences,” Gutu said.

The government has been advertising the job for a hangman since 2005, when the incumbent retired, but found no takers.

Zimbabwe’s new draft constitution spares female murderers from the death penalty and should be used only in cases of “aggravated murder”. It cannot be carried out on those below 21 or older than 70. Foreign Service