HARARE: Zimbabwe has hired a hangman after seven years of searching, but he has not yet executed any of the 76 people on death row, a top prisons official has said.
The post was filled last year by a candidate the paper speculated was of Malawian origin.
The previous executioner retired in 2005 and the government had repeatedly advertised the job in the press, but it took a long time to find takers.
Of the 16,902 criminals being held in Zimbabwe’s jails, 76 of them are awaiting the hangman’s noose, Prison Service Commissioner Paradzai Zimondi said in Saturday’s edition of The Herald, Zimbabwe’s state-controlled daily.
Two death row prisoners are women, who may be spared the noose if a new constitution is adopted in a referendum sometime this year.