Mugabe reaffirms support for death penalty
Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe
HARARE, Nov. 2, 2017 (AltAfrika) -Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on has reaffirmed his support for death penalty in the wake of increased murder cases in the country.
He decried the increase in rape and murder cases, and called on the nation to respect the sanctity of human life.
His call came after the recent murder of a Roman Catholic Sister Ruvadiki Plaxedes Kamundiya in Mutoko, Mashonaland East Province.
A man has been arrested for suspectedly raping the woman before killing her and throwing the body in a nearby dam.
Mugabe, a devout Catholic, said such callous acts call for the harshest penalty.
“Let’s restore the death penalty. People have lost respect for human life. They are killing others recklessly and willy nilly. Is that what we fought the country for?” Mugabe said.
Zimbabwe’s constitution adopted in 2013 allows men aged between 18 and 70 convicted on aggravated murder to be sentenced to death by hanging while women and children are exempted from the punishment.
However, the Zimbabwean government has not carried out any executions since 2005 partly due to the absence of hangman.
At least 80 convicts are on the death row.
Zimbabwe’s civil society has in the past called for the abolishment of the death penalty, saying the sentence is cruel and a violation of the right to life.
Several countries in southern Africa including Mozambique, Angola, Namibia and South Africa have abolished the death penalty. (Xinhua)