HARARE – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe said he is in favour of resuming executions after more than a decade in response to rising murder rates.
They were gathered at a funeral of a political ally when he stated “Lets restore the death penalty”. Although he did not state when he wants the death penalty to be effective, he continued to added “If you hear people are being executed, know Mugabe’s thinking has prevailed.
” There hasn’t been an execution through death penalty in the Southern African nation since 2005. The Zimbabwean law allows for the death penalty for people convicted of murder “in aggravating circumstances,” while people between the ages of 17 and 70 are excused from the penalty.
There are over 90 prisoners on death row in Zimbabwe while the hangman’s job’s position hasn’t been filled in the last ten years. Since the president stated the return of the death penalty, more than 50 people have applied for the open post.