HARARE: Rights group Amnesty International today expressed fears that Zimbabwe is poised to resume executions, following the appointment of a new hangman.
Noel Kututwa, Amnesty International’s southern Africa director said the macabre recruitment is disturbing, saying it suggests that Zimbabwe does not want to join the global trend towards abolition of this cruel, inhuman and degrading form of punishment.
The remarks come after the government appointed a new hangman, seven years after the post fell vacant.
There are at least 76 people on death row in Zimbabwe according to rights groups, two of them women.
Zimbabwean judges can impose the death sentence for serious offences like murder and treason.
The last hangings were in 2005, the same year that the country’s last hangman retired.