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Hungry Zims stampede for hangman’s job

At least 50 people want to become Zimbabwe’s hangman, a job that fell vacant over a decade ago, officials said Tuesday, stressing that applicants were “very interested” in the role.

Over 117 prisoners on death row in Zimbabwe.... but no hangman
Over 117 prisoners on death row in Zimbabwe…. but no hangman

The country, which has an unemployment rate of more than 90 percent by some measures, last executed a prisoner in 2005, after which the serving hangman retired.

“The response has been overwhelming and the applications have been from both men and women,” justice ministry secretary Virginia Mabhiza told the NewsDay newspaper.

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

After a long search, a new hangman was reported to have been appointed in 2012 but the chosen candidate was never confirmed.

Rights groups including Amnesty International have often called on Zimbabwe, which has 92 inmates on death row, to abolish capital punishment.

Zimbabwe’s new 2013 constitution exempts women from the hangman’s noose.

“All men between 18 and 69 years (who) have been convicted of murder in aggravated circumstances can receive capital punishment,” Mabhiza was quoted as saying.

She did not say when the hangman would be appointed or if Zimbabwe intended to revive executions soon.

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was justice minister until a recent cabinet reshuffle, is a strong opponent of the death penalty. Radio VOP

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  • Gogo WaNattie basa riya

  • Kkkkk

  • Hapana chinotyisa apo, wasiyanei nepolice inopfuura armed robber?

  • Only 50 applicants responded. Is this a stampeded, compared to the dynamics of Zim. Zvimwe zvacho

  • We are all sentenced to death

  • Riku applaiwa kupi

  • i will better die poor.

  • If Mugabe , his family and friends were on death row I will be the first one to apply for that job

  • i send my CV longtime back but they never responded am sure basa racho ndiro rakatorwa naSaviour Kasukuwere

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  • Are they still taking applications,please?

  • That post mst b given to Mugabe bcz he’s a murderer

  • Interview yacho inobvunzwei ndiudzeiwo pamwe ndingangodanwa

  • Can I have the email pliz

  • Ko mahangwomen havator here tobvatadii paya

  • Kkkkkkkk kushaya hako

  • Neni ndiripo

  • still waiting for appointment date though I applied long ago.

  • Desperately needs this job esp during the aftermath. I would love to hng one of those guys.

  • Haaa zvakaoma ukaona woita zvivindi zvekuuraya nekuda kwemari waipisa…rufu nderwaMwari chete

  • Isu taka dayidzwa ku interview they said they might call

  • At least I was shortlisted…..can’t wait to bag it

  • They are taking too long to recruit..what’s the problem…no need to communicate the process instead action action….people who killed should face the same fat.

  • its taking long because ma cvs arikutumirwa hapana ane good hangman experience,,asi kana wakambo hanger munhu unenge uri best candidate because of that experience,,tumirai cvs enyu with experience kuti wakambo hanger or kucheka ani,kkkkkk

  • Stampede ???? show us pic’s

  • What a joke. What’s the job description , specs, benefits, confidentiality level. Imarii salary?? Based on what ?? Don’t play with our minds. Basa rainzi no applicants. All of a sudden. Itai mushe
    The true Zimbos I know would never . Call veku Israel who help rig Elections . its like breakfast to them. Hanzi hungry Zimbos. We hustle when we hungry. Nuf said