Over job-seekers have applied for the hangman’s post which had remained vacant since 2005, a top official in the Justice ministry has said.
Zimbabwean Justice ministry secretary Virginia Mabhiza said her office would soon go through the applications, but would not give a timeline as to when the appointment will be made.
“The response has been overwhelming and the applications have been from both men and women interested in taking up the position of hangman. We have received over 50 applications in the past few months.
“People are very interested,” Mabhiza said.Zimbabwe last executed a prisoner on death row in 2005 and international rights lobby group Amnesty International has applauded the country for the “10-year hiatus”, urging authorities to declare an official moratorium on the death penalty.
The country has 92 people on death row, but the absence of the hangman has stalled their execution.
Zimbabwe constitutional provisions protects teenagers, women and all those beyond 70 years from capital punishment. This means all men between 18 and 69 years and have been convicted of murder in aggravated circumstances can receive capital punishment.